28 March 2013

Farewell to NICE Chair Professor Sir Mike Rawlins

Farewell to NICE Chair Professor Sir Mike Rawlins

On 1 April 2013, Professor Sir Michael Rawlins's 14-year tenure as Chair of NICE comes to an end.

NICE was established on 1 April 1999 by the then Secretary of State for Health, Frank Dobson.

The aim of NICE was to ensure that the most clinically and cost effective drugs and treatments were made available widely on the NHS in England and Wales.

The government believed that creating NICE could help to speed up the pace at which good value treatments were used across the NHS, in turn promoting and encouraging successful innovation on the part of clinicians, pharmaceutical

Sir Mike looks back at his time at NICE, and answers the question: Has NICE achieved what it was set up to do?