NICE and the general election campaign
Public bodies, including the NHS, have a duty to be politically impartial. As an NHS body, NICE must make sure that its conduct and procedures during the general election do not call its impartiality into question.
In order to avoid providing a focus for political debate or detracting attention from the general election campaign, NICE will not publish any guidance document, in either draft or final form, during the general election campaign. Consultations that began before the election was called will continue as planned. Not publishing guidance during the election period will not significantly lengthen NICE's decision-making for guidance currently in development.
Factual information will continue to be made available to members of the public, parliamentary candidates, political organisations and journalists in the usual way, in accordance with the Code of Practice on Openness in the NHS.
6 April 2010
This page was last updated: 07 May 2010