Cancer: Drugs

Department of Health written question – answered on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of Steve Rotheram Steve Rotheram Labour, Liverpool, Walton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the cancer drugs fund has been spent in Liverpool since its inception.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Prior to April 2013, information on the Cancer Drugs Fund was administered through clinical panels based in each strategic health authority (SHA) and data on spend through the Fund in each city was not collected. Information on spend by the North West SHA and in England in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 is shown in the following table:

Amount Spent (£000)


Amount Spent (£000)


Amount Spent (£000)


North West SHA








Source: Information provided to the Department by SHAs

NHS England has had oversight of the Fund since April 2013 and does not collect information at city level. In 2013-14, £63,368,429 was spent through the Fund in the North of England region and total national expenditure in England, net of any central rebates, was £230,539,005. Figures for 2014-15 are not currently available.

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