An influential coalition of leading cancer charities, led by Prostate Cancer UK, has criticised the government for shutting patients out of crucial talks on changes to the UK-wide system for pricing and assessing new drugs. The cancer charities warn that ignoring the views of patients risks seriously undermining the credibility and effectiveness of the new system before it has even been established.

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The Charity comments on a new announcement from the Department of Health that prostate cancer will be included in the next round of National Clinical Audits, which for the first time will mean that prostate cancer services, the experiences of men with prostate cancer and the outcomes of different treatments for the disease will be audited in England and Wales on a large scale, monitored and made available to the public.

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