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.