Breadcrumb Home Multimedia Andy Burnham: the NHS at the heart of the election This content relates to the following topics: NHS finances Performance Share this content Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Email Print this page Article information Posted:Wednesday 07 April 2010 Andy Burnham MP, the Secretary of State for Health, joined us for the last of our three general election breakfast debates, and discussed his party's vision for the NHS. You may also be interested in Blog The changing shape of NHS finances As austerity and widespread staffing shortages began to bite over the past decade, the finances of NHS providers often took a familiar shape each year. But more recently this pattern of financial performance has been increasingly pulled out of shape and distorted. Report How is the NHS performing? June 2018 quarterly monitoring report Although we have technically moved out of winter, the latest performance data paints a picture of continuing pressure on NHS staff and services. While A&E departments understandably received much of the focus over the winter months, a quieter decline continues in waiting times for planned (elective) care. Press release New NHS funding must focus on services outside hospitals New funding must focus on services outside hospital including social care and community health services, according to NHS finance directors surveyed for the latest quarterly monitoring report from The King’s Fund. Report How is the NHS performing? March 2018 quarterly monitoring report We find that more patients are facing long waits for hospital treatment, with many of those experiencing the longest waits often most in need. And with demand for services continuing to rise it's very unlikely that meeting waiting time targets will become more achievable.