Blog tagged as: Productivity and finance

20 November 2015 | Comments: 3

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?

8 November 2015 | Comments: 4

Ahead of the Spending Review, Richard Humphries and John Appleby look at the data to examine the likely fall in social care spending.

5 November 2015 | Comments: 3

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. 

26 October 2015 | Comments: 7

When the Care Quality Commission suggested in its recent State of Care report that ‘safer, better care does not necessarily cost more’, the inclusion of the word ‘necessarily’ was  important, says Helen McKenna.

20 October 2015 | Comments: 8

In his data blog, John Appleby looks at the scale of the NHS funding squeeze.

14 October 2015 | Comments: 2

In his keynote address at our annual integrated care summit, Simon Stevens gave what was arguably his most important speech since he took up post. His speech contained three big messages.

24 September 2015 | Comments: 1

What can be done to improve the quality of decision-making on NHS mergers, and can the tide of unsuccessful mergers be stemmed?

14 September 2015 | Comments: 5
On the back of The King's Fund's submission to the 2015 Spending Review, Chris Ham reflects on the Department of Health budget and NHS funding.
9 September 2015 | Comments: 1
Misuse occurs in the NHS when health services are poorly delivered. So how big is the problem of preventable harm in health care?
19 August 2015 | Comments: 3
Underuse happens when effective care isn’t delivered when it’s needed and it can lead to people needing more complex care as their conditions get worse. So, where might the NHS not be delivering enough of the right things?
12 August 2015 | Comments: 20
More health care is not always better health care. Sometimes the NHS delivers services that people don’t want or need: the problem of overuse.
28 July 2015 | Comments: 4
Lord Carter’s interim report on the productivity of NHS providers includes a new method of comparing operating costs: the Adjusted Treatment Index (ATI). But how will it work, and what does it add?
20 July 2015 | Comments: 7
The government’s decision to breach an explicit manifesto commitment by delaying reforms to social care funding until 2020 again demonstrates the apparent inability of successive governments to make headway on this issue.
13 July 2015 | Comments: 3
Ruth Robertson's blog argues that we need to shift the debate on productivity to focus on delivering better value care for patients.
3 July 2015 | Comments: 2
If promised spending increases do not materialise soon, and ministers insist on the NHS regaining control of its finances, then urgent action will be needed, says Chris Ham.
12 June 2015 | Comments: 3
It may only be five weeks since the general election, but there has already been a veritable blizzard of announcements coming from the Department of Health and national NHS organisations. So many in fact, that it is no mean feat to step back to make sense of it all.
11 June 2015 | Comments: 2
There is, of course, and always will be, a debate about just what the pay for top public sector posts should be. But that debate should not start with, let alone end at, the Prime Minister’s salary, says Nick Timmins.
2 June 2015
While NHS funding is perhaps at the top of most people’s concerns on health, it is the (admittedly intertwined) approach to workforce that will determine the government’s legacy, says Richard Murray.
1 May 2015 | Comments: 1
Both The King’s Fund and the Health Foundation have called for a properly resourced 'transformation fund' to support the kind of large-scale change outlined in the NHS five year forward view. But how big would such a fund need to be and how would it be resourced?