It is not possible to compare real terms expenditure on cancer services over the last five years. As the Cancer Research UK report stated:
“In order to improve the quality of the data, continual refinements have been made making year-on-year comparisons very difficult.”
As part of our commitment to increase the national health service budget, we are investing £750 million to support early diagnosis and improve access to treatment.
Primary care trusts have local discretion as to how they spend their overall baseline allocations, including in the area of cancer care, to allow commissioning to best reflect the needs of local populations.