NICE skin cancer guidance row continues

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has denied that an agreement has been reached with the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) over the implementation of the controversial NICE skin cancer guidance.

Photograph: istock
Photograph: istock

Last month, the RCGP and the GPC met BAD to raise concerns that the guidance was hindering GPs from carrying out minor surgery on patients.

A spokeswoman for the RCGP told Healthcare Republic that discussions were still ongoing, and that there had been no change in the NICE guidelines.

Last April, GP newspaper reported that the implementation of NICE guidance was actually preventing GPs from treating basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) in primary care.

A number of LMCs in various PCT areas raised concerns about the guidelines at a GPC meeting.

Dr Mike Parks, medical secretary at Kent LMC, warned that the NICE guidance was preventing GPs from performing minor surgery, resulting in dermatology clinics being swamped with extra patients.

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