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Prime Minister David Cameron has tweeted that thousands more people will get cancer drugs after announcing a two-year extension to the Cancer Drugs Fund.
A cash pot used to pay for life-extending drugs for cancer patients is to be extended, the Prime Minister has announced.
The Cancer Drugs Fund, worth £200 million a year, was set up for patients in England to access drugs approved by doctors but which have not been given the go-ahead for widespread use on the NHS.
The aim of the fund was to make it easier for medics to prescribe treatments even if they have not yet been approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice).
David Cameron said that the funding programme will run for an extra two years to March 2016.
A Labour MP has criticised David Cameron and accused his government of "scrapping expert cancer networks".
Liz Kendall, who is Shadow Minister for Care, says that despite his commitment to extending the Cancer Drugs Fund, the Prime Minister is not offering the "quality of cancer care" to patients.
The Rarer Cancers Foundation, which campaigned for the Cancer Drugs Fund to be extended, have welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement.
So far more than 34,000 patients have benefited from the fund and the charity estimates that 16,500 extra patients will benefit each year as a result of the extension of the funding programme.
Prime Minister David Cameron is today set to announce a £400 million cancer package to boost research and treatment for cancer patients across the country.
As part of the investment in the Cancer Drugs Fund thousands more patients in England will get the life-extending cancer drugs their doctors recommend.