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Tory promise for NICE is positive, PDS says

Tory promise for NICE is positive, PDS says
9th October 2009

The shadow health minister for the Conservative Party has said that guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) should be mandatory.

Mike Penning MP made his comments in response to a question on how a future Tory leadership could ensure minimum standards of care for a number of issues.

The Parkinson's Disease Society said the probable commitment by the Conservative Party will allow for the eradication of the "postcode lottery" that can effect healthcare provision in the UK.

Val Buxton, the director of policy and campaigns at the Parkinson's Disease Society, said: "Unequal access to care is a serious issue for people with Parkinson's around the UK.

"If a Conservative government is elected, we hope it will stand by this commitment. This would make such a positive difference for people with Parkinson's and other conditions."

NICE currently produces guidance on public health, health technologies and clinical practice and has been for the NHS.

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