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Sixty seconds on . . . the Cancer Drugs Fund

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i791 (Published 09 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i791
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

What has England’s Cancer Drugs Fund cost?

Since its creation in 2010, £1.27bn. It has treated 80 000 people, roughly, so the average has been £16 000 per patient.

Money well spent?

Impossible to say. Nobody has followed up the patients assiduously enough to put a value on the benefits.

That sounds negligent to me

You may think so. The Public Accounts Committee found that the Department of Health and NHS …

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