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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-21021: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that clinicians dealing with interstitial lung disease follow the NICE guidelines, and what its position is on producing its own guidelines.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 31 January 2019

Clinical practice is a matter for clinicians and service delivery for Health Boards and Integration Authorities. Clinicians will use up to date clinical guidelines in providing care and treatment for interstitial lung disease, including those published by NICE.

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) develops evidence based clinical practice guidelines for the NHS in Scotland. SIGN guidelines are derived from a systematic review of the scientific literature and are designed to accelerate the translation of new knowledge into practice.

We are unaware of any new proposed guidelines submitted to SIGN on the treatment of interstitial lung disease. However, any group or individual may propose a guideline topic to SIGN and their selection process is detailed at: http://www.sign.ac.uk/about/proposal.html .