Select Committee on Science and Technology Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by the Department of Medical Oncology, Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust

  As far as the funding of the NHS Cancer Plan is concerned there are clearly major problems in terms of delivering the money that the Government intends for cancer actually to come to the budgets in the cancer centres. The estimate locally in West London is that of the money funded in the year 2000-02 West London should have received a bit over £12,000,000.00. Even with recent agreements with the local Health Authorities the only allocation that we have been able to identify so far of this sum of money is that the Health Authorities have allocated £3.9 million to cancer. At present there has been no improvement in funding in Cancer Services within Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust. This service will, in fact, have a considerable deficit on their budget in this financial year. Clearly it is impossible to start moving towards the mean of European cancer care delivery without real money arriving in the correct place which is not happening at present. Clearly, the money needs to be ring-fenced rather than sent through the Health Authorities who are currently diverting the bulk of the cancer money.

  I think it is too early to make any comments on the virtual National Cancer Research Institute as I think it is too soon to have much experience from it.

  Cancer registration is clearly highly important for monitoring the changes in the incidence of different disease eg the increase in malignant lymphomas. Apart from being an essential epidemiological database this clearly confirms areas where increased funding is necessary. Obviously the data needs to have appropriate data protection.

  The West London Cancer Research Network has just started and so far it is too early to make any real comments about it. More generally, in relation to West London Cancer Network the concept is regarded locally as being very good but the range of issues involved mean that the networks will contribute to cancer care over the longer term but are only just getting off the ground.

  The bottom line with the NHS Cancer Plan at present is that although Parliament is willing money for cancer it is not being received in the quantities that Parliament intends.

Edward S Newlands

Professor of Cancer Medicine

20 December 2001

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