PUBLISHED ON: 19 November 2015

NHS England and NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) have launched a consultation to ask for views on the future direction of the Cancer Drugs Fund in England.

The Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) was introduced in 2010 to give people in England access to cancer drugs that wouldn’t otherwise be routinely available on the NHS.

However, it was only meant as a temporary solution until a longer-term system was developed. Recently, we have seen a series of breast cancer drugs removed from the CDF due to cost pressures.

We’ve highlighted for some time the need for a better, more sustainable system, to ensure that people affected by breast cancer have access to the most clinically effective treatments.

We will be looking at the proposals for the CDF to see what they could mean for people affected by breast cancer. We’ll share this information over the next few weeks.

The consultation will run until 11 February 2016. The plan is for the new system to come into effect from April 2016, when the current CDF is due to end.

You can read the proposals on the future direction of the CDF.  

Get involved

It’s important that as many people as possible have their say on the new proposals.

We’ll be supporting people to get involved in the consultation, to let NHS England and NICE know what does or doesn’t work about the new proposed system for people with breast cancer.

We'll let you know how to get involved soon, or you can email us at campaigns@breastcancercare.org.uk to register your interest.  

In the meantime, if you have any initial comments or questions about the proposals, let us know. You can leave a comment below, or email us at the address above.

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