Health and Social Care Act 2012 Explanatory Notes

Section 245 – Failure by NICE to discharge any of its functions

1392.This section enables the Secretary of State, if he considers that NICE is failing to discharge its functions properly (which includes a failure to discharge a function consistently with what the Secretary of State considers to be the interests of the health service in England), and the failure is significant, to direct NICE to discharge the functions in the way that the Secretary of State specifies and within stated timescales. If NICE fails to comply with such a direction the Secretary of State may discharge the functions concerned himself or may make arrangements for another body to do so. The Secretary of State is required to publish his reasons for exercising the powers under this section.

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