HC Deb 11 January 2000 vol 342 cc138-9W
Mr. Paul Marsden

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress has been made in assessing the report on the level of oncology drug expenditure in the United Kingdom by the Campaign for Effective and Rational Treatment, and if he will make a statement; [100596]

(2) if he will begin to collate data from health authorities on their spending on oncology drugs; and if he will make a statement. [100595]

Yvette Cooper

Professor Mike Richards, the National Cancer Director, will shortly begin to collate data on the provision of chemotherapy and will be discussing with the National Institute for Clinical Excellence the need to make available, early, clear guidance on the effectiveness of new and emerging cancer drugs. Professor Richards has already started to meet key professional groups to discuss how they can best work with him to start to address the challenging cancer agenda and is planning to meet the Campaign for Effective and Rational Treatment early in the new year.

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