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Nicholson to end NHS black listing of drugs

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Sir David Nicholson tells managers not to block NICE drugs

The chief executive of the NHS is looking to stamp out black listing of NICE-approved medicines.

In a letter to NHS managers, Sir David Nicholson said that he would be changing NHS contracts to ensure that all NHS bodies who use drug formularies will not be able to block new medicines approved by NICE.

Formularies are drawn up by PCTs and SHAs and list the drugs they will fund. But increasingly these formularies have been used to block new treatments from NICE, or delay their use to help cut costs. 

Commissioning Board to spearhead NHS reforms

NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson says the new NHS Commissioning Board will be the driving force behind the health service’s reforms and would not be ‘shy’ about its role.

The Health and Social Care Bill, currently at the committee stage at the House of Commons, is set to make radical changes in the NHS by abolishing the 152 primary care trusts and 10 strategic health authorities and replacing them with around 300 regional GP consor

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