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Cancer: Drugs

Question for Department of Health

UIN 210259, tabled on 13 October 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to ensure the continuing availability of cancer drugs.

Answered on

20 October 2014

Patients have the right to cancer drugs and treatments that have been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence technology appraisal guidance for use in the National Health Service, where their doctor believes they are clinically appropriate.

We announced in August that the Cancer Drugs Fund would be increased to £280 million in both 2014-15 and 2015-16. Since October 2010, over 55,000 cancer patients in England have benefitted from the Fund.

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Department of Health and Social Care