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Cancer Drugs

Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of providing drugs for cancer patients in each of the last five years. (104527)

The Department does not hold figures on the cost of providing drugs for cancer patients. However, it completed a tracking investment exercise in 2005, which showed that an additional £192 million was spent on cancer drugs in the three years to 2003-04, which equates to over £60 million new investment per year. More generally, £3.4 billion was spent on cancer services in 2003-04 and this increased to around £3.8 billion in 2004-05.