NICE skin cancer guidance review

NICE is to review guidance on skin cancer after concerns were raised that it was preventing GPs from performing minor surgery.

In April, a meeting chaired by cancer czar Professor Mike Richards heard concerns that the guidance meant GPs could only perform surgery with support from dermatologists.

Dr Fergus Macbeth, director of the centre for clinical practice at NICE, said: 'We have listened to the concerns of our stakeholders about the difficulty of implementing the recommendations in the guidance around the diagnosis and removal of low-risk basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) in primary care.

'What the expert group will specifically consider are the recommendations in the NICE guidance about the diagnosis and removal of low risk BCCs in primary care.'

But the British Association of Dermatology claimed the review was 'politically driven'.

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