To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for patient access to treatment for those continuing to rely on the National Tariff Payment System to fund cancer genomic tests under the Genomic Medicine Service in England.
12 February 2019
Funding for cancer genomic testing is included under the National Tariff Payment System, excluding whole genome sequencing which NHS England is funding nationally, and is included within the healthcare resource group tariff payment for an individual patient. For example, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) testing for lung cancer, along with oestrogen (positive/negative progesterone) receptor status and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) testing for breast cancer have been established tests within the National Health Service for a number of years.
Cancer genomic testing will continue to be funded by the National Tariff Payment System and the National Genomic Test Directory outlines the cancer genomic tests which will be delivered by the NHS in England.