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NHS to launch GBP 600m Cancer Drugs Fund

27th October 2010

The government has pledged a significant investment to boost patients' access to cancer drugs through the NHS in England.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley announced that the three-year Cancer Drugs Fund will be officially launched in 2011 and will receive GBP 200 million a year from April to the end of 2013.

This follows the GBP 50 million that was made available from October 1st to March 2011 to offer interim cancer drugs funding while the new initiative is being established.

Mr Lansley said he was determined to create the Cancer Drugs Fund, as he believes it will improve the quality of life experienced by NHS patients and offer them more control over their healthcare.

'This GBP 200 million a year funding over three years for cancer drugs is a crucial step forward in addressing the disparity in patients' access to cancer drugs in England compared to other countries,' he added.

Earlier this month, Mr Lansley published a consultation paper that called for NHS patients to be offered a greater degree of choice in their care, including where they are treated and more options for end-of-life care.
 

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