Tag Archives: NICE

Rationing and rationality

When I first started work as a journalist, Virginia Bottomley was health secretary, GP fundholding was the big new idea, and the alliterative headline that all health journalists reached for at the drop of an expensive cancer drug was ‘postcode prescribing.’ All of which makes me feel really old and a bit depressed. Not at […]

Nanny NICE?

I’m a big fan of the work of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Someone has to make the hard decisions about which treatments are sufficiently cost-effective to provide on the NHS. I’m glad the decisions are, by and large, made by committees of experts, after careful appraisal of the evidence. You can […]

Standing up for NICE

How do we decide which drugs should be made available on the NHS for cancer patients? It sounds easy. We should pay for any drugs for cancer patients that can help them. And the patients’ doctors are best placed to decide that question. To repeat an old mantra, it’s a bit more complicated than that. […]