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NHS: Drugs

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients self-funded drugs and were required to meet all other costs of treatment in each quarter of the last five years, broken down by primary care trust; and if she will make a statement; (130977)

(2) what representations she has received on her Department’s policy on the funding of other costs of treatment which would normally be provided by the NHS for patients choosing to fund the cost of a drug privately; and if she will make a statement.

Information is not collected centrally on the number of patients who self-funded drugs and were required to meet all other costs of treatment.

The Department has received a number of representations from hon. Members and the public on the question of combining privately funded and national health service-funded treatments.

We are committed to maintaining the core principle of NHS treatment being provided free at the point of the delivery, based on clinical need and not ability to pay. This means it is important there is clarity on whether a procedure is publicly or privately funded.