National institute for health and clinical excellence
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has a central role in health cost-effectiveness analysis in England and Wales. In 2010 its role further evolved and according to the Secretary of state for health it will be able to give advice about what is the best treatment but it won't be saying 'You must have this' or even less saying no to things.
The Scottish equivalent is the Scottish Medicines Consortium  It is specifically tasked with providing advice promptly on release of a new medicine. It is independent of NICE. Shock and horror may sometimes be expressed if its findings differ from those of NICE. What does independence mean if not the ability to differ if there is some doubt on a matter?
- ↑ http://www.scottishmedicines.org.uk/smc/CCC_FirstPage.jsp accessed 18th February 2009