This is the fund to which David Cameron referred during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.
He mentioned it as a prime example of where the English NHS was succeeding whereas the Welsh NHS – which doesn’t have a cancer drugs fund – was failing.
Now it turns out we don’t know if this wonderful innovation is even providing good value for money.
David Cameron – what a useless sack of wind. Who elected him? Can they please explain why they did?
The Government still has no way of being sure how effective a major fund has been in extending the lives of cancer patients, making it impossible to know if it is providing value for money, MPs have said.
In a highly critical report, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the Department of Health and NHS England had failed to manage the Cancer Drugs Fund effectively since its launch in 2010.
The fund was designed to give patients access to expensive new cancer drugs and drugs for rare cancers not available on the NHS.
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