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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03870: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 19 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish the guidance it has provided to NHS boards regarding (a) the operation of and (b) access to the New Medicines Fund.

Answered by: Shona Robison 14 November 2016

The Scottish Government issued a letter to NHS boards in 2015-16 which provided New Medicines Fund guidance. The letter included details of the 2015-16 funding arrangements and purpose of the fund - to ensure that availability of funding is not a barrier to NHS Board implementation of policy intentions on increased patient access to licensed orphan, ultra-orphan and end of life medicines and that no NHS Board is better or worse off financially on the basis of clinical decisions on prescribing these medicines.