31678 - Cancer: Drugs (Answered)

Andrew Gwynne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are being taken to ensure that (a) the outcomes of NHS England's proposals for a new Cancer Drugs Fund are aligned with the Accelerated Access Review (AAR), (b) the consultation outcomes are compatible with any forthcoming AAR recommendations relating to reform of NICE and (c) those programmes deliver consistent guidance on the medicines appraisal process; and if he will make a statement.

George Freeman

NHS England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence are working together to develop future arrangements for the Cancer Drugs Fund, while the Accelerated Access Review (AAR) is being independently led by Sir Hugh Taylor with Office for Life Sciences’ support. The review’s final report is due to be published in the spring.

Active steps are being taken to ensure that the future arrangements for the Fund and the final recommendations from the AAR are aligned.