Responding to NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens’ announcement about fast-tracking cancer drugs, to be delivered at today’s NHS Confederation annual conference, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said:
“We know we can do more to detect cancer early and provide targeted treatments for patients that improve survival rates. Fast-tracking these new cancer drugs that target tumours will put the NHS at the forefront of treating patients with rare forms of cancer.
“This is good news for patients, the public and the NHS – it is also a good example of the health service and industry working together. We are working with the life sciences industry to enable more innovative partnerships between the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry so this development is welcome and needs to be built on. As we work to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan, we know we can do more and at scale to go even further in improving cancer survival rates.”