Blog posts by John Appleby

8 June 2016 | Comments: 5

John Appleby takes a look at the latest figures for health and social care spending and asks what new accounting rules mean for the UK's position in international health spending rankings.

19 May 2016 | Comments: 3

John Appleby considers how new figures for NHS inflation will affect NHS finances, as our latest QMR survey shows increasing pessimism and concern among NHS finance directors.

11 May 2016 | Comments: 6

New analysis from The King’s Fund and the Health Foundation looks at how this year’s NHS funding increase compares with previous years. John Appleby and Adam Roberts find that this year’s increase is the 28th largest since 1975/6.

9 February 2016 | Comments: 2

John Appleby looks at new data from the British Social Attitudes survey to understand why people are satisfied or dissatisfied with the NHS.

20 January 2016 | Comments: 26

John Appleby looks at how much we would need to spend on health to close the spending gap between the United Kingdom and other EU and OECD countries.

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: 5

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

20 October 2015 | Comments: 10

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

4 August 2015 | Comments: 3

The rising trend in cheaper generic medicines rather than proprietary or ‘branded’ drugs being prescribed and dispensed has saved the NHS billions of pounds and enabled millions more prescriptions to be dispensed.

30 July 2015 | Comments: 4

The rising proportion of operations carried out as day cases over the past few decades has been good for patients and a much more efficient use of NHS resources, says John Appleby.

23 April 2015

The public’s concerns about the NHS have been reflected in the political parties’ manifesto promises. But what do the promises add up to, and is the NHS safe in anyone’s hands?

11 February 2015 | Comments: 3
Empirically it is hard to say, anecdotally the costs of the NHS reforms – such as lost and delayed focus on the main business of delivering health care – have not been insignificant.
17 December 2014 | Comments: 4

It's hard to disagree with the principle that both costs and effects of treatments need to be weighed in order to make decisions about improving value for money and productivity. For a majority of the public however, this is not a principle they hold.

30 October 2014 | Comments: 5

With hospital workloads increasing on all fronts, John Appleby takes a look at the key trends and data to explain what's going on.

7 October 2014 | Comments: 2

The NHS featured heavily at all three major party conferences over the past few weeks. How could it not; despite a ring-fenced budget, it is increasingly showing signs of financial strain, says John Appleby.

23 September 2014 | Comments: 6

On the face of it, the CDF would seem perhaps to be a good thing, helping improve the quality of life for people at the end of their lives. But is it either a fair or efficient way for the NHS to spend its limited budget?

22 October 2013 | Comments: 2
Although politicians say the NHS has been protected financially, this is only relative to real cuts in other areas of government and, crucially, not in terms of the demands on health care, says John Appleby.
29 August 2013 | Comments: 4
The more we have got to know about how Payment by Results and similar payment methods in other countries operate in practice, the more there seems to be a case for a rethink.
27 June 2013 | Comments: 3

Three years ago the coalition government’s first Spending Review promised to ‘ring fence’ the budget for the English NHS and to increase spending in real terms each year to 2014/15. So what has actually happened to NHS spending?

29 April 2013 | Comments: 28

Pressures on accident and emergency departments have hit the headlines recently. But what are the facts about A&E attendances?