35069 - NHS: Finance (Answered)

Andrew Gwynne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons NHS England has not published details of which new specialised services, medicines and interventions it will fund in 2016-17; what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on patients of such details not yet being provided; and if he will make a statement.

George Freeman

NHS England is currently undertaking a public consultation on how NHS England's Clinical Priorities Advisory Group (CPAG) will compare competing priorities for National Health Service funding. This consultation closes on 11 May 2016.

Subject to the outcome of the consultation, CPAG plans to meet in June to agree recommendations on the relative prioritisation of new specialised services investments for funding in 2016/17.

In the meantime NHS England continues to have a process in place to consider funding requests for services where there is a high level of clinical critical urgency. It will also consider individual funding requests where there may be a case for funding on the grounds of clinical exceptionality.