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New treatment fund

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Vaughan Gething, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport
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Our new treatment fund is open with £80 million being made available over the life of this government to speed up access to the latest medicines.

The fund will provide additional support of £16 million annually to help health boards in Wales speed up access to medicines recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (external link) and the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) (external link). 

Under the new system, all health boards in Wales will be required to make a NICE or AWMSG recommended medicine available no later than two months from the date the final guidance is published, shortening the maximum amount of time before which a health board must make a treatment available by a third.

In respect of NICE recommendations, health boards will now be expected to introduce medicines recommended by NICE at the first publication of the final guidance, rather than waiting for the final Technology Appraisal guidance published after the appeal period. 

In combination this means in future all NICE and AWMSG recommended medicines will be available up to eight weeks earlier.