The NHS payments and incentives system is constantly evolving. Richard Murray looks at a system that is attempting to manage deficits and, at the same time, introduce new models of care and ways to pay for them.
The political tumult of recent weeks seems to be subsiding and a second snap election appears less likely – for now. Leo Ewbank asks what the new political environment might mean for health and social care.
Siva Anandaciva asks whether the capped expenditure process is an attempt at a short-term fix for a long-term problem.
Durka Dougall argues that improving quality of care for patients and delivering better value care are often two sides of the same coin.
James Thompson asks whether a combination of increased funding, incentives and pressure from the centre will be enough to get A&E waiting time targets back on track.
Ahead of the election, Richard Murray looks at the parties' offers on funding the NHS.
Unlocking value from its estate has long eluded the NHS. But, says Lille Wenzel, the Naylor review offers a way forward.
David Oliver explains why we should focus on issues at the NHS front line. Giving more time and thought to the experience of acutely ill medical patients would bring benefits to the entire health system.
Chris Ham sets out five tests for assessing the credibility of expected commitments on health and social care in the parties’ election manifestos.
How have elective hip replacement services been affected by wider financial pressures in the NHS? James Thompson looks at what the data shows.
The extra £2 billion for adult social care announced in the Spring Budget will be gratefully received, but local councils now face tough choices about where to allocate the money. Richard Humphries considers the context.
Ruth Robertson looks at the impact of wider financial pressures on genito-urinary medicine (GUM) services, and what this means for service users.
Examples of where care is compromised by resource constraints are often most evident in stories from the local community, says Tom Nutt, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Essex.
Chris Ham discusses the pros and cons of different countries’ approaches to funding health care, and looks at how our own model in the UK compares.
The government’s Spring Budget U-turn makes it much less likely that the NHS will receive the additional funding it needs during this parliament, says Chris Ham.
We know that financial and operational pressures in the NHS can affect patient care in a number of ways, but how and why does the impact vary across different service areas?
Siva Anandaciva argues that A&E performance may not bounce back as quickly as expected when winter recedes.
Is the government about to announce plans for a new approach to funding social care? Nicholas Timmins asks if a tax on people’s estates after they have died will be an acceptable idea this time around.
Financial and operational pressures in the NHS are having a significant impact on elective treatment; the 18-week waiting time standard will not be met in any month during the current financial year. James Thompson analyses the latest data and the tough choices ahead for the NHS.
Nicholas Timmins asks whether the 2012 health and social care reforms allowed politicians to avoid taking responsibility for the state of the NHS.