HC Deb 05 November 2001 vol 374 cc117-8W
Dr. Gibson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how his Department monitors the implementation of NICE appraisal guidance throughout the NHS; and if he will make a statement; [11468]

(2) what advice his Department has given to (a) NHS trusts, (b) health authorities and (c) primary care groups and trusts on how they should audit the implementation of NICE guidance; [11470]

(3) what advice his Department has given to (a) NHS trusts and (b) health authorities on how they should prescribe treatments that are currently undergoing appraisal by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence; [11467]

(4) if he will publish the data collected by his Department on the implementation of the NICE appraisal guidance. [11469]

Ministers on each scheme's viability. Ministers can consider cases outside of the CPAG where there is an urgent need. The eventual treatment of such cases will depend on the progress and priority of those schemes already approved to commence their procurements, and the number of schemes waiting to go to tender, so as to ensure optimal value for money.

29 major hospital projects were announced in February 2001, which should be released to the market over the next 36 months.