Uptake of NICE-backed drugs to be accelerated in Northern Ireland

Uptake of NICE-approved in Northern Ireland is to be accelerated by a new process introduced by Health minister Edwin Poots.

Mr Poots announced a ‘new, revised process to speed up the applicability of NICE-approved drugs in Northern Ireland’.

Under the new system, local reviews of the applicability of NICE’s technology appraisals will be completed within four weeks of their publication by NICE. In addition, most clinical guidelines will be reviewed within eight weeks of publication, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety said.

Resources will be reorganisd to support the new process and so it will not be associated with any additional costs.

Health and social care boards will be required to report each year on their progress towards commissioning services in accordance with Departmentally-endorsed NICE guidance.

In addition, the Guidelines and Audit Implementation Network and the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority will each review the implementation of a small number of Technology Appraisals and Clinical Guidelines each year.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Pension tax solution for judges shows government could do more for doctors, says BMA

Pension tax solution for judges shows government could do more for doctors, says BMA

Government plans to 'effectively exempt judges from pension tax' show the government...

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

GPs across the UK are playing a leading role in the largest-ever NHS vaccination...

Second-phase COVID-19 vaccine rollout maintains prioritisation by age

Second-phase COVID-19 vaccine rollout maintains prioritisation by age

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has published advice on...

PCNs paid £70m for first-wave COVID-19 jab campaign as NHS plots next phase of rollout

PCNs paid £70m for first-wave COVID-19 jab campaign as NHS plots next phase of rollout

Primary care network (PCN) COVID-19 vaccination sites have been paid £70m this month...

London GP personally calling at-risk patients to boost COVID-19 vaccine uptake

London GP personally calling at-risk patients to boost COVID-19 vaccine uptake

London GP Dr Farzana Hussain is personally telephoning scores of patients who have...

Half of patients with possible cancer symptoms avoided contacting GP in first wave

Half of patients with possible cancer symptoms avoided contacting GP in first wave

Almost half of people who experienced potential cancer symptoms in the first wave...