NICE and the general election campaign: update
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
Update 7 May 2010
While negotiations between the parties take place to establish a government, all government departments, the NHS and other public bodies have been asked to continue to observe the rules of purdah.
For NICE, this means that we will not be able to publish final guidance or consultations on draft guidance from today as planned. We are informing relevant stakeholders of this development.
This page was last updated: 13 May 2010