Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

NHS cancer drug fund available 'as soon as possible'

  • 1 Comment

Expensive cancer drugs will be made available to NHS patients through a funding scheme that may be launched by the end of the year, according to the Prime Minister.

David Cameron told MPs he wanted a fund to be set up sooner than the original date of April 2011.

“If it can be done, it will be done. I will do everything I can to make that happen,” he said.

The Tory-Lib Dem coalition is being pushed to introduce its cancer drugs fund, which will allow patients to get GP-prescribed drugs on the NHS even if they cost a lot.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence last week refused to approve lapatinib, a breast cancer drug, for the NHS in England, citing its high cost and the fact it prolongs life by just a few weeks. As many as 2,000 women with advanced breast cancer will miss out.

  • 1 Comment

Readers' comments (1)

  • Outstanding! All those naysayers who said this government would be a bad thing for the NHS?

    As I said in the specific story about NICE refusing this drug on the NHS due to cost, the fact that this drug was denied in the first place was wrong. NICE needs sorting out, and fast.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs