NHS increases budget for cancer drugs fund from to an expected £340 million in 2015/16.

The NHS Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) has published the outcome of its review of drugs included in the Fund. The budget for the CDF will grow from £200 million in 2013/14, to £280 million in 2014/15, and an estimated £340 million from April 2015. This represents a total increase of 70 per cent since August 2014. The CDF review will also create projected savings of approximately £80 million through a combination of negotiated price reductions and improved clinical effectiveness.

NHS England states that if action had not been taken to review the CDF drugs list, the Fund is projected to have grown to around £420 million next year, necessitating offsetting cuts in other aspects of cancer treatment such as radiotherapy, cancer diagnoses, cancer surgery, and other important NHS services for other patient groups.

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