6373 - Cancer: Drugs (Answered)

Mr Jamie Reed
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people likely to have been prescribed treatments in 2015-16 which has been removed from the National Cancer Drugs Fund list.

George Freeman

We have made no such estimate.

Advances in medical science mean that new cancer medicines are emerging all the time and the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) needs to regularly reprioritise the list so people can access these too. Decisions to add or remove drugs from the national CDF list are made by NHS England taking account of the need to ensure the resources of the Fund are used most effectively.