John Appleby takes a look at the latest figures for health and social care spending and asks what new accounting rules mean for the UK's position in international health spending rankings.
John Appleby considers how new figures for NHS inflation will affect NHS finances, as our latest QMR survey shows increasing pessimism and concern among NHS finance directors.
New analysis from The King’s Fund and the Health Foundation looks at how this year’s NHS funding increase compares with previous years. John Appleby and Adam Roberts find that this year’s increase is the 28th largest since 1975/6.
John Appleby looks at new data from the British Social Attitudes survey to understand why people are satisfied or dissatisfied with the NHS.
John Appleby looks at how much we would need to spend on health to close the spending gap between the United Kingdom and other EU and OECD countries.
With the NHS overspend running at £1.62 billion for the first half of the year, what are the options available to trusts struggling to stay in budget?
In his data blog, John Appleby looks at the scale of the NHS funding squeeze.
The rising trend in cheaper generic medicines rather than proprietary or ‘branded’ drugs being prescribed and dispensed has saved the NHS billions of pounds and enabled millions more prescriptions to be dispensed.
The rising proportion of operations carried out as day cases over the past few decades has been good for patients and a much more efficient use of NHS resources, says John Appleby.
The public’s concerns about the NHS have been reflected in the political parties’ manifesto promises. But what do the promises add up to, and is the NHS safe in anyone’s hands?
It's hard to disagree with the principle that both costs and effects of treatments need to be weighed in order to make decisions about improving value for money and productivity. For a majority of the public however, this is not a principle they hold.
With hospital workloads increasing on all fronts, John Appleby takes a look at the key trends and data to explain what's going on.
The NHS featured heavily at all three major party conferences over the past few weeks. How could it not; despite a ring-fenced budget, it is increasingly showing signs of financial strain, says John Appleby.
On the face of it, the CDF would seem perhaps to be a good thing, helping improve the quality of life for people at the end of their lives. But is it either a fair or efficient way for the NHS to spend its limited budget?
Three years ago the coalition government’s first Spending Review promised to ‘ring fence’ the budget for the English NHS and to increase spending in real terms each year to 2014/15. So what has actually happened to NHS spending?
Pressures on accident and emergency departments have hit the headlines recently. But what are the facts about A&E attendances?
Are the public’s views about the NHS – in particular their satisfaction with the NHS – shaped, influenced or, in some way, linked to support for or identification with political parties?