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GPs warn that PCT cost cutting undermines ethos of the NHS Constitution.
GPs have been barred from prescribing drugs recommended by NICE because PCTs have 'blacklisted' the treatments to cut costs.
A GP investigation revealed that one in four PCTs now blacklist drugs backed by NICE. Drugs on the lists are 'not recommended for use' or 'not prescribable' because they are deemed too expensive or not effective enough.
The NHS Constitution gives patients the right to receive any drug recommended in NICE technology appraisals if their doctor believes it is clinically appropriate.
But 14 drugs recommended in NICE appraisals, and a further five drugs …