Put Clinical Evidence Before Cost, Says BMA, U.K.
\"Doctors will welcome national guidance based on common understanding and scientific evidence on the most effective treatment options for their patients.
\"During a consultation, the doctor will discuss with the patient the available treatment options and together decide on the most appropriate care. NICE guidance helps to inform this decision.
\"However, we would not want to see a blanket ban imposed on certain treatments since there may be occasions where individual patients, with specific health needs, would necessitate a particular intervention. Decisions taken by NICE must therefore allow for such treatments to be available for patients whose health outcomes would improve.
\"We would urge NICE to engage with the profession and wider public when considering their evidence. Once a decision is made, it would be helpful for doctors to have guidance on alternative treatments, where available, to ensure patients continue to receive the care they need.
\"Above all, any decision must be primarily based on clinical evidence and not simply an exercise in cost-cutting.\"
Doctors and patients can already access impartial and comprehensive guidance on medical conditions and treatment options through the BMJ website \"BestTreatments.co.uk\"
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