NICE can’t please all the people all the time

January 17, 2007

The Chairman of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) has
said that the outfit cannot cater to all parties needs and must
sometimes make tough decisions.

Sir Michael Rawlins said that
controversial decisions were sometimes necessary to ensure that the
public gets the best healthcare possible.

Nice determines which drugs the NHS can prescribe and sets national guidelines for the best promotion of good health.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Sir Michael said: "We can't do everything for everybody. There isn't enough money. There never will be.

"We acknowledge it and I acknowledge it and everyone really to do with the health service acknowledges it."

must constantly strive to operate in as fair a manner as possible so
everyone can access NHS care when they need to, he added.

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