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Cancer: Medical Treatments

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 26939, tabled on 9 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of allocating funding to the NHS for non-pharmaceutical cancer treatments other than diagnostics equipment, radiotherapy machines and proton beam therapy.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

16 March 2020

No assessment has been made.

NHS England and Improvement’s service development policy sets out NHS England’s approach for making decisions about which new treatments and interventions to routinely commission, and the approach used for updating existing service specifications, or creating new ones. This can be found online at the following link:

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