Terminal Illnesses:Written question - 212351

Asked by Nic Dakin

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Asked on: 28 October 2014
Department of Health
Terminal Illnesses
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether health technology appraisal committees can apply the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's end-of-life criteria flexibly when appraising treatments for patients with terminal illness.
Answered by: George Freeman
Answered on: 03 November 2014

Appraisal Committees are independent advisory bodies responsible for making recommendations to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on the clinical and cost effectiveness of treatments for use in the National Health Service.

NICE’s Guide to the Methods of Technology Appraisal is published at:


and describes how its Appraisal Committees reach decisions on treatments. It provides details of the criteria that need to be met in order to apply greater flexibility in the appraisal of life-extending drugs for patients at the end of their lives.

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