I am sceptical on what this consultation will bring about. Simon Stevens says "The new Cancer Drugs Fund offers a route for sorting out the wheat from the chaff, so that patients in England get faster access to the genuinely most promising new treatments. For those drug companies willing to price their products affordably while sharing transparent information about ‘real world’ patient benefit, the new CDF will offer a new fast-track route to NHS funding.” what does he mean by " real world " patient benefits ? WHERE does this information come from , WHO decides if it's "Promising" and How is it determined if it is promising. If we go back to the Sept 2015 National Audit , completed on the CDF we can read that virtually no data was collected or shared between hospitals of funded paitients of the CDF after its initial creation in 2011 .Plus less than 7% of hospitals provided an outcome report .. In July this year NHS England and Public Health England finally established a data sharing agreement allowing paitients data to be tracked . But this won't be of any use yet so this adds more importance as to this " real world " benefits ? It's so vague . The other issue is as always money .. What do NICE consider affordable and what criteria do the drugs have to meet in order for them to be considered affordable. The statement regarding "fast track routes to NHS funding" is little more than window dressing . I have changed treatments within two days onto drugs funded by the CDF now as it has stood for three years . Mr Cameron said: "Other European countries are doing better than us at giving people longer, happier lives with cancer. "We want to get more drugs to people more quickly and in the UK today there are some people – thousands of people – who want a certain cancer drug, whose doctors tell them they should have a certain cancer drug, who don't get it." Where we were once leaders in Cancer Care and the envy of the world with our NHS we are now way behind other countries in Europe and even some , what were considered third world countries are doing better than us ..
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