228500 - Cancer: Drugs (Answered)

Mr Jamie Reed
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government has announced that the Cancer Drugs Fund will continue beyond April 2016.

George Freeman

In August 2014, we announced £80 million in additional funding for the Cancer Drugs Fund for 2015-16. We have made no announcements regarding the Fund for beyond April 2016.

NHS England announced in January 2015 that it plans to increase the level of investment for drugs in the Fund to an expected £340 million in 2015-16.

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