Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Frank Dobson

He will be remembered for his robust style and his honesty, but also, as the first New Labour Health minister, for introducing some key institutions, in particular NHS Direct and:

The Secretary of State for Health (Mr. Frank Dobson) 
I have received representations about availability on the national health service of certain drugs in certain parts of the country. The current situation is quite unsatisfactory, which is why we are establishing the National Institute for Clinical Excellence—NICE—chaired by Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, to assess new drugs and new treatments and to issue authoritative guidance. NICE will ensure faster access to modern treatment right across the health service—which is why it has the support of doctors, nurses, midwives and other NHS staff.

[House of Commons Debates and Oral answers 02 February 1999 vol 324 cc723-4]

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