Delayed transfers of care, where patients are ready to return home or transfer to another form of care but still occupy a hospital bed, are a hot topic of discussion right now. So what does the latest data tell us?
Last week, Jeremy Hunt announced the government’s plans to introduce Ofsted-style ratings for CCGs, to help fill what he called the ‘transparency gap’ in the NHS. But are more ratings really what the NHS needs?
None of the choices that George Osborne faces are easy, but there should be no doubt about the implications for the public and politicians of an NHS unable to balance its budget in the face of rising demands.
Chris Ham reflects on the findings of our review for the Department of Health, which recommends radical simplification and better alignment of existing frameworks for assessing performance in the NHS.