More than 1 in 5 hospitals are set to be in deficit by the end of this financial year – a finding higher than our previous surveys and showing the financial pressures that hospitals are currently facing.
NHS commissioners are more optimistic, but more than a third of directors of adult social services are forecasting deficits, as they face severe cuts to local authority budgets.
The data analysis in January's quarterly monitoring report shows that the NHS is holding up well; with most waiting times targets being met, suggesting that hospitals are coping with winter pressures, so far.
This quarter's report also highlights the issues of delayed transfers of care, which have come under the spotlight recently. James Thompson explores the data behind the recent headlines in his audio-slideshow.
How is the health and social care system performing? January 2014 is the tenth of The King's Fund's regular quarterly monitoring reports. Find out more about the work at www.kingsfund.org.uk/qmr
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