NICE conference focus

Published: 12/12/2001, Volume II2, No. 5835 Page 10

The shadow of the inquiry into baby deaths at Bristol Royal Infirmary hung over the National Institute for Clinical Excellence's annual conference last week.New shadow chair of the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection Professor Sir Ian Kennedy warned that action had still not been taken to tackle the Cinderella status of children's services.Delegates heard angry responses from campaigning charities over the dilution of key recommendations which followed the inquiry, and scrutiny was the topic on everyone's lips.Meanwhile, as familiar debates on rationing raged, there were signs of strengthening alliances between the pharmaceutical industry and patient groups.

Nick Edwards, Alastair McLellan, Tash Shifrin and Paul Smith were there