Cancer: Drugs

Department of Health written question – answered on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of Karen Lumley Karen Lumley Conservative, Redditch

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the effectiveness of the individual funding request process for cancer medicines.

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

Individual funding requests for cancer medicines are dealt with through the individual Cancer Drugs Fund request process.

NHS England has operational responsibility for the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) and has advised that it follows a standard operating procedure when responding to individual requests to fund cancer treatments. This requires a response to the request within 10 working days following receipt of a complete submission from the clinician.

NHS England’s CDF Standard Operating Procedures document is kept under review and is available at:

www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/sop-cdf-1114.pdf

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