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Cancer: Drugs

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was to the NHS of drugs used in the treatment of cancer in each of the last 15 years. (133667)

The Department does not routinely collect figures on the cost to the national health service of cancer treatment drugs.

In 2005, the Department completed a tracking investment exercise which showed that between 2000-01 and 2003-04 spending on drugs for cancer treatment increased by £192 million, but we do not know the baseline figure.

Total NHS expenditure on cancer services, which includes drugs, was £4.3 billion in 2005-06, which equates to 5.4 per cent. of all NHS spending.