The survey that informs this report – which this quarter includes finance leads from clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) as well as trust finance directors – highlights the growing pressures on NHS providers and a growing pessimism amongst finance directors that they will meet the Nicholson Challenge.
Commissioners are more optimistic, with 72 per cent of CCG finance leads expecting to meet their organisation's targets. And generally, most performance indicators are broadly stable, though median waiting time for outpatients has crept up to more than five weeks, its highest levels since January 2008.
There are also some interesting findings around the NHS and social care workforce, which are explored in our blog: You can't get the staff these days: the shifting NHS workforce
How is the health and social care system performing? September 2013 is the ninth 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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