Cancer: Drugs

Department of Health written question – answered on 11th March 2015.

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Photo of Jamie Reed Jamie Reed Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the forecast expenditure of the Cancer Drugs Fund is for 2015-16; and what plans he has to fund cancer drugs when the Cancer Drugs Fund expires in 2016.

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

Thanks to the strong economy this Government is delivering, we have increased the Cancer Drugs Fund’s budget by £160 million (£80 million in both 2014-15 and 2015-16) and NHS England currently estimates that the budget for the Fund will rise to £340 million in 2015-16.

We will carefully consider with NHS England what arrangements should be put in place to fund cancer drugs in the long term.

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