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Coalition's £200m cancer drugs pledge is no more than an 'aspiration'

The cancer drugs fund promised by the government to cover life-extending treatments for thousands of patients is under threat, it has emerged.

Ministers had pledged to set aside £200million a year to pay for any medicine recommended by a doctor or specialist - even if it had been banned by NICE, the NHS rationing body.

But the Department of Health now admits the figure is only “aspirational”, prompting one leading charity to write to chancellor George Osborne to beg him to stick to the pledge. More