NHS: Finance:Written question - 66178

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Asked by John Healey
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Asked on: 01 March 2017
Department of Health
NHS: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Individual Funding Requests (IFRs) have been considered by (a) the IFR Screening Group and (b) the IFR Panel in each of the last five years; how many of those IFRs have been approved; and what the total cost of those procedures was.
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Answered by: David Mowat
Answered on: 06 March 2017

The following table sets out the number of Individual Funding Requests (IFRs) considered and approved in the last five years.

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17*

Total

Decisions made at IFR Screening Group

1,493

953

633

345

3,424

Decisions made at IFR Panel

428

402

300

80

1,210

Approved IFRs

256

249

179

29

713

*based on the period from April to November 2016

It should be noted that all IFRs considered at the IFR panel will have previously been considered at a screening panel.

The cost of procedures approved through the IFR process is not routinely collected nationally.

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