HDA Media And Political Bulletin – 22 March 2016


Chemist and Druggist further reports on the government’s planned cuts to community pharmacy funding.


Parliamentary Coverage

House of Commons, Written Answers, Cancer: Drugs, 21 March 2016


Asked by Heidi Alexander (MP): If his Department will publish a patient-friendly guide to inform responses to the consultation on proposals for a new Cancer Drugs Fund.


Department of Health


Answered by George Freeman (MP): NHS England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) consultation on draft proposals on the future of the Cancer Drugs Fund closed on 11 February 2016. The NHS England Board agreed a way forward, on 25 February 2016, which will see the new arrangements for the Fund going live on 1 July 2016.

NHS England and NICE adopted a number of different approaches to engage with audiences. This included holding four webinars for stakeholders and two face-to-face events in London and Manchester alongside a number of individual meetings with key stakeholder groups including patient organisations and cancer charities.

NHS England has advised that it will publish a consultation report on its website in due course. Further information is available at:


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HDA Media And Political Bulletin – 22 March 2016

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