HC Deb 26 January 2001 vol 361 cc753-4W
Mr. Chope

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects NICE to issue guidelines on the treatment of back pain. [147032]

Mr. Denham

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence has not been asked to issue clinical guidelines on back pain. However, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) produced a guideline on acute low back pain in 1996 and updated this in summer 1999. This guideline is available from the RCGP and is on their website at www.rcgp.org.uk.