§ Mr. Gareth Wardell
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish in theOfficial Report a list of bone marrow transplant units based in hospitals in England; and if he will make extra financial provision available to consultants in the units to fund the prescription of the drug Alpha Interferon to leukaemia patients.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
This information is not collected centrally. There are no plans to provide extra funding specifically to take account of the cost of prescribing Alpha Interferon to leukaemia patients. Hospitals are funded for the cost of drugs as part of their general allocation, and it is for them to determine locally how this should be spent.