Pressures on accident and emergency departments have hit the headlines recently. But what are the facts about A&E attendances?
With the urgent and emergency care system under severe pressure, Nigel Edwards looks at how the problems around increasing demand could be addressed.
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?
In his British Medical Journal data briefing, John Appleby examines trends in the number of hospital beds and wonders how low we can go.
Anna Dixon gives her thoughts on the Nuffield Trust's health and social care ratings review into whether there should be a summary rating for hospitals and other care providers.
While demands on accident and emergency departments have always received great attention, Robert Royce highlights that many are still struggling to cope.
While long-term trends in delayed transfers of care might be reducing, our latest quarterly monitoring report revealed some concerns from NHS finance directors. James Thompson explores the figures in his blog.
The NHS Commissioning Board, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and providers need to be held to account, with plaudits if they excel, and consequences if they fall short of expected standards.
Having spent the first half of the Parliament legislating for radical changes to the organisation of the NHS, the government now needs to focus on the mundane but much more important challenge of implementing and executing the service changes on which its record will ultimately depend.
An emergency admission to hospital is a disruptive and unsettling experience, so surely we owe it to our patients to reduce the current variation between areas?
Why has the British public's satisfaction with the way the NHS runs taken a nose dive in 2011 – falling from 70 per cent (its highest ever level) to 58 per cent?
Anna Dixon discusses whether asking patients what care they wanted could be a much simpler solution towards making savings.
Will the Department of Health’s long-awaited Information Strategy transform health and social care information as we know it today?
What did the participants who ventured to Kaiser in our recent study tour learn from the experience?
Nearly two years ago the government consulted on its aim to achieve an ‘Information Revolution’. So what should the new strategy say if it is to start a revolution?
The variability in the quality of neurological services is clear. Catherine Foot asks if national strategies solve the problem.
Lara Sonola asks if clinicians used data to improve clinical practice and drive efficiency, could a little change help the NHS in a big way?
James Thompson examines the data on median hospital waiting times and targets in our latest data briefing.
Francesca Frosini asks how a new measurement of patients treated in non-NHS hospitals will help to assess patient choice.
John Appleby analyses the results of the British Social Attitudes survey to see why our satisfaction with the NHS is so high.