Dear NHS England,

You recently made an announcement on the "biggest upgrade to NHS cancer treatment in 15 years." See link - https://www.england.nhs.uk/cancer/2016/1...

Here it is stated that this is a 'new £130 million fund'. What is left unclear is whether this is new money for the NHS or whether it is redirection of existing funds.

Please can you provide figures for the annual budget for all years relevant to this fund and to sufficient granularity that it may be demonstrated exactly where this money has entered into budget streams?

For example, is there a regular annual budget for high cost items or infrastructure that this money has been taken from? Was the money taken from this year's budget alone or does it come from budget over the next few years or from the last few? Has more money been added in since the last announcement of the annual budgets?

If this money is being appropriated from an existing fund, please also provide information regarding what that fund is regularly used for.

It is heartening to see radiotherapy being given a boost of resources but it is disheartening to see press releases going out with only talk of 'new funds' but little talk of how this impacts overall funding.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Davidson

FOI England (NHS ENGLAND), NHS England

Dear Mr Davidson,  

 

Thank you for your communication dated 26 October 2016.

 

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Freedom of Information

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FOI, England (NHS ENGLAND), NHS England

Dear Mr Davidson,

 

Re:      Freedom of Information request (Our Ref: FOI-027535)

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request dated 26 October
2016.

 

Your exact request was:-

 

“You recently made an announcement on the "biggest upgrade to NHS cancer
treatment in 15 years." See link -
https://www.england.nhs.uk/cancer/2016/1...

 

Here it is stated that this is a 'new £130 million fund'. What is left
unclear is whether this is new money for the NHS or whether it is
redirection of existing funds.

 

Please can you provide figures for the annual budget for all years
relevant to this fund and to sufficient granularity that it may be
demonstrated exactly where this money has entered into budget streams?

 

For example, is there a regular annual budget for high cost items or
infrastructure that this money has been taken from? Was the money taken
from this year's budget alone or does it come from budget over the next
few years or from the last few? Has more money been added in since the
last announcement of the annual budgets?

 

If this money is being appropriated from an existing fund, please also
provide information regarding what that fund is regularly used for. 

 

It is heartening to see radiotherapy being given a boost of resources but
it is disheartening to see press releases going out with only talk of 'new
funds' but little talk of how this impacts overall funding.”

 

 

NHS England holds information in relation to your request.

 

The LINAC replacement programme funding represents new funding for
radiotherapy services which will be allocated from within NHS England’s
budget.

 

The LINAC replacement fund will be profiled across the following financial
years;

 

2016/17 - £40m

2017/18 – a further £45m

2018/19 – a further £45m (to be invested by October 2018)

  

Copyright:- NHS England operates under the terms of the open government
licence. Please see the NHS England Terms and conditions on the following
link [1]http://www.england.nhs.uk/terms-and-cond...

 

We hope this information is helpful. However, if you are dissatisfied, you
have the right to ask for an internal review by writing to us, within two
months of the date of this letter, to:

 

NHS England

PO Box 16738

REDDITCH

B97 9PT

 

Email: [2][NHS England request email]

 

Please quote the reference number FOI-027535 in any future communications.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
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Please note there is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Please be aware that in line with the Information Commissioner’s directive
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anonymised and published on our website as part of our disclosure log.

 

Please do not reply to this email. This message has been sent from a
central mailbox. To communicate with NHS England regarding Freedom of
Information (FOI) requests, enquiries or complaints we ask these are sent
directly to NHS England’s customer contact centre. This is to ensure all
communications are progressed correctly. Their postal address, telephone
number and email details are as follows:- PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT;
0300 3 11 22 33, [5][NHS England request email].

   

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Freedom of Information

Corporate Communications Team

Transformation and Corporate Operations Directorate

 

NHS England

PO Box 16738

REDDITCH

B97 9PT

 

Tel: 0300 311 22 33

Email: [6][NHS England request email]

 

 

 

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