Cancer fund changes confirmed 026/02/2016
The Cancer Drugs Fund is to be reformed to tackle its spiralling costs, it was announced today.
……………………“Importantly, we believe the proposals will bring more certainty to patients and doctors about the drugs that can be prescribed, and swifter access to promising drugs.”
But Andrew Wilson, chief executive of the Rarer Cancers Foundation, said: “The Government needs to come clean about the impact that these reforms will have. There is a danger that these half-baked proposals could turn back the clock on cancer treatment, returning the NHS to the bad old days where the majority of new treatments are denied to the people who need them the most.”
NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh said: “It will provide faster access for patients, I think that’s really important, and I think it will bring clarity to which drugs are the most effective sooner than we know at the moment.