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Re: [IPk] Care trust still not funding despite NICE report

The NICE appraisal on pumps is due to be announced on Wednesday at a Media
Briefing. There is an embargo on the details until 00.01 Wed 26 Feb.

Under clinical governance arrangements NHS organisations in England and
Wales have to take NICE guidance into account. In addition, in January 2002
the Government announced a statutory obligation for the NHS to provide
funding for treatments and drugs recommended by NICE as part of it's
technology appraisals work programmes, but only if considered appropriate by
the clinician and patient. Those responsible for providing healthcare
locally are now responsible for making funds available to support NICE
appraisal guidance within 3 months.

I will be happy to discuss any aspects of the NICE guidance after the
announcement on Wed 26 Feb. Please phone me on 01590 67791.

John Davis,
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