Cancer: Medical Treatments and Research

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th June 2018.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the Government has spent on cancer (a) research and (b) treatment in each of the last five years.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department funds research through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). NIHR expenditure on cancer is shown in the following table. Figures for 2017/18 are being finalised. The Government also funds cancer research via other routes including the Medical Research Council.

Financial year

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

NIHR expenditure on cancer

£133.2 million

£129.9 million

£134.7 million

£142.4 million

£136.8 million

NHS England has provided the following information in relation to cancer treatment:

The following table shows specialised commissioning treatment costs only.

Specialised Services Expenditure

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Service

£ million

£ million

£ million

£ million

Cancer services adult

2,128.0

2,687.4

2,935.2

3,167.8

Cancer services child

79.0

94.0

121.9

124.1

Total cancer spend

2,207.0

2,781.4

3,057.1

3,291.9

The following table below shows aggregate clinical commissioning group expenditure on cancers and tumours.

Financial Year

Expenditure (£000s)

2013/14

2,817,641

2014/15

2,596,207

2015/16

2,756,913

2016/17

2,629,324

2017/18

Available end 2018

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