HC Deb 05 March 2003 vol 400 c1109W
Chris Grayling

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department is giving to doctors following the recent Royal College of Physicians research into glucocorticoids. [99553]

Ms Blears

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence is currently consulting on the draft scope of a clinical guideline on the prevention, assessment and treatment of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures, which will cover osteoporosis of all origins, including men and women on long-term corticosteroid therapy. The guidance is due to be published in 2005.

The Royal College of Physicians is one of the invited consultees for both the appraisal and guideline. They will be consulted throughout the guideline development process, and will have the opportunity to submit evidence and comment on each draft of the guidance.