Eight cancer drugs to be denied on NHS

Thousands of cancer patients will be denied NHS drugs following a decision to withdraw funding for at least eight life-extending treatments. Medication which offers a last chance to patients with breast, prostate and bowel disease will no longer be funded by the NHS, under plans to cut spending.

Ahead of the last election, the Conservatives pledged to introduce a Cancer Drugs Fund so that cancer patients were no longer denied drugs on the grounds of cost. But the £200m fund, introduced in 2011, has overspent its budget, despite the fact it was increased to £280m, leading to a review of 25 drugs which are used in 42 treatments.

Full story in The Telegraph 8 January 2015