HC Deb 26 January 1999 vol 324 cc209-10W
Mr. Kidney

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department(a) gives and (b) intends to give to NHS authorities to take full account of the clinical and cost effectiveness of new and current health interventions when making decisions on funding. [66741]

Mr. Denham

Priorities and planning guidance is issued annually to health authorities. We expect all decision makers in the National Health Service—including health authorities—to take account of clinical and cost effectiveness when making decisions on clinical care.

We are setting up the National Institute for Clinical Excellence which will, for the first time, provide the NHS with a single, coherent source for the development and dissemination of guidance about clinical and cost effectiveness.