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Epilepsy clinical guidance open for second consultation

23 March, 2004

The National
Institute for Clinical Excellence
(NICE) has presented its revised
clinical practice guidance on epilepsy, developed for use in the National
Health Service
(NHS) in England and Wales, for the second round
of consultation.

Several documents
are available from the NICE
website
including a proposed version explaining the guidance
for people with epilepsy, the full version of the guidance and the
short version.

NICE are welcoming
comments on the guidelines through registered
stakeholders
such as Epilepsy Action and suggest that members of
the public who wish to comment should do so through the registered
stakeholder that "most closely represents your interests".
Comments received by Epilepsy Action will form part of the submission
to NICE made by both Epilepsy Action and
the Joint
Epilepsy Council
, the umbrella body that exists to enable 21 organisations
in the UK and Ireland to work together for the benefit of people with
epilepsy. The deadline for consultation is very short, Epilepsy Action
would need to receive any comments by the first week in April.

Interested parties
are invited to review the changes that have been made to the full guideline
and/or the short version, comment on
the key recommendations for implementation selected by the guideline
developers and comment on the usefulness of the information that describes
the provisional guideline recommendations in easy-to-understand language
('Information
for the Public').

After the consultation is complete, it is expected that NICE will publish
the final version of the guidelines in August 2004.