2071 - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Publications (Answered)

Greg Mulholland
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is standard practice for NICE to delay publication of draft guidance for technology appraisals as a result of pre-election purdah.

George Freeman

Throughout the pre-election period, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) continued the substantive work on the development of its guidance, including technology appraisals, such as evidence gathering and committee meetings, but postponed publication of draft or final guidance until after the election. This is consistent with the approach that NICE has taken for previous pre-election periods.