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Health & Social Care Review of NICE Treatments: Have your say in Alderney

For immediate release: 26th March 2019

NICE Technical Appraisal approved treatments are drugs, treatments and devices that are routinely available to people living in England.

Health & Social Care will be running two workshops on the 3rd April in Alderney in the Anne French Room at the Island Hall, Royal Connaught Square. The first will run from 10 am until 12 pm and the second from 1 pm until 3pm. All Islanders are welcome to attend either of these workshops.

This will enable people living in Alderney to give their views on the local availability of these treatments.

Deputy Soulsby, President of the Committee for Health & Social Care said: "This workshop will be your opportunity to have your say on the crucial issue of routinely making all NICE TA approved treatments available for Guernsey and Alderney residents. I would strongly encourage all interested parties to attend this workshop to have your say. We specifically want to hear the views of Alderney residents which is why we are holding separate workshops in Alderney"

Dr Nicola Brink added: "NHS Solutions for Public Health (SPH) is an organisation with extensive experience and knowledge in this field. We approached them in December last to conduct this review for us. The affordability of drugs, giving the ever-increasing availability of new and improved treatments, remains a constant challenge for us. We recognise these challenges, together with the need to continually reappraise the policies and procedures for the local availability of drugs. We are looking forward to hearing the views of Islanders in Alderney."

At the workshop SPH will be seeking your views on:

  • looking at making all NICE TA approved treatments available; or
  • looking at prioritising particular NICE TA approved treatments over others (for example, anti-cancer medication, end of life treatments, treatments for long term conditions or for childhood illnesses); and
  • the values and principles that Islanders would like to be used when considering whether or not to fund a healthcare intervention or treatment.

The views of Islanders will then be fed into the final report and will provide Islanders with the opportunity to have your say on this crucial issue.

To book your place to attend the workshop on the 3rd April 2019 please email linda.osborne@gov.gg or telephone 01481-707438.

Issued by: States of Guernsey