What is the N.I.C.E.? In England today N.I.C.E., the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, is "an independent organization responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health" (www.nice.org.uk). This organization was established in 1999 and is part of England's healthcare rationing program to British citizens. Although England provides a "free" healthcare system, government officials are able to rule against citizens that are not worthy of certain kinds of healthcare, if the government so desires.
The N.I.C.E. deems who is worthy of treatment and what kind of treatment is cost-efficient (as is the case of Mr. Hardy, please see "What Price Life?" article below). The N.I.C.E. holds in its hands the power to choose who gets treatment and who doesn't, in essence, who lives and who dies.
Similarly, in a science fiction novel authored by C.S. Lewis in 1944 called That Hideous Strength, Lewis writes of a technocracy that has taken over England through an agency ironically called the N.I.C.E, the National Institute of Co-ordinated Experiments. He writes that "the N.I.C.E. was the first-fruits of that constructive fusion between the state and the laboratory on which so many people base their hopes of a better world" (That Hideous Strength, p. 23). Unknown to many people in the story, the N.I.C.E.'s goal was to take over people's liberties and the entire state through the use of science and research in order to implement a totalitarian government that would rid itself of social and medical problems.
One character remarks in regard to the N.I.C.E., "If Science is really given a free hand it can now take over the human race and re-condition it: make man a really efficient animal"(T.H.S., p. 41). The N.I.C.E.'s sought to weed out the fit men from the unfit. Another character from the book states that, "The powers of science are an instrument. An irresistible instrument as all of us in the N.I.C.E. know...An instrument of judgment and of healing" (T.H.S., p.79).
Lewis wrote of a time that would come when an agency, the N.I.C.E., would gain control and run through any "red tape" constraints (p.102), in order to hold in its hands the power to choose who would live and who should die.
Lewis subtitled his book, “A fairy tale for grown-ups”. Unfortunately it is becoming a true story in England today.
Don't take our word for it. Read the articles below for additional information on England's N.I.C.E.:
As Nice and the UK Go, So does the Globe in Evaluating Drugs
What Price Life?
British Balance Benefit vs. Cost of Latest Drugs
Not So Nice
A Demented Idea: Human Dignity on the Sceptred Isle System
Wheel of Death: Deciding Who will Live or Die
That Hideous Strength, by C.S. Lewis
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