It seems as though NICE is in the process of making itself about as popular with the pharmaceutical industry as a fart in a spacesuit (again):
Is depression increasing, and what is the best way to treat it?
This business of drugs really only being suited to severe depression, and counselling being the best option, otherwise, is something that NICE has said, before, but it's reiterated it, just now. Incidentally, Alan Johnson, when he was Health Secretary (also in charge of the success of the pharmaceutical industry), promised that, through investment and training, more CBT counsellors would be available on the NHS (the current waitlist, I believe is 3 months for a 6-week course).
Mr Johnson now has another ministry, and I don't recall hearing word of improvements in this area. What's the betting that, were I to ask my useless cunt of a MP, he'd ignore me? I don't know why they bother even pretending to give a shit - lies are just a way of life to these people... "Yes, yes, just fob them off with some announcement, with a delivery date years down the line, and if they haven't forgotten about it by then, somebody else will be in charge, and it won't be my problem." What a bunch of wankers.
I have just shared an email exchange with Kate Goodridge, Customer Service Centre, Department of Health... She had this to say, amongst other things:
"...the Department of Health is not responsible for the ‘success’ of the pharmaceutical -or any other- industry..."
So that's that settled. She was responding to a couple of emails I wrote to Andrew Burnham, Secretary of State for Health, mostly concerning Eli (Lilly). Kate didn't mention Eli, in her reply. Eli is, of course, a drug pedlar, according to CIA docs.