Health written question – answered on 5th December 2012.

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Photo of Pauline Latham Pauline Latham Conservative, Mid Derbyshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the East Midlands, West Midlands and East of England are grouped for the purposes of the Cancer Drugs Fund.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

NHS East Midlands, NHS East of England and NHS West Midlands form the Midlands and East strategic health authority (SHA) cluster, with each remaining a statutory body within the cluster.

We understand that each SHA has retained its own regional clinically-led panel to make decisions on the use of the Cancer Drugs Fund.

SHA clinical panels are working collectively to promote improved access to cancer drugs.

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