To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 458W, on cancer, what the increase in funding of cancer networks will be in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.
Funding for cancer, cardiac and stroke networks, which is provided via the strategic health authority (SHA) bundle, is £33.6 million in 2012-13. £18.5 million of this funding is allocated for cancer networks, although it is for individual SHAs to determine how the total amount they receive in the bundle is allocated to specific services, taking into account the needs of local populations.
The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) has allocated £42 million to support strategic clinical networks and clinical senates in 2013-14. The NHS CB has yet to confirm how many cancer strategic clinical networks it will establish from 2013-14, so it is not possible to directly compare funding for cancer networks between the two years.
The NHS CB has made no decision about allocations for 2014-15.