With the much-anticipated Autumn Statement next week and NHS financial pressures hitting the headlines, Chris Ham considers the political context and what lies ahead for a health service on the brink.
Ahead of next week’s Autumn Statement, Nicholas Timmins compares the financial pressures currently facing the health and care system with those weathered by other sectors in the past.
As we publish a joint statement on health and social care, Richard Humphries considers the rising levels of concern in the social care sector about funding and quality of care.
David Buck looks at the complex issue of whether local public health services should be funded through business rates, and proposes a set of conditions that need to be met before this option is pursued.
Ahead of the publication of our report on the process of developing sustainability and transformation plans in England, Hugh Alderwick evaluates the story so far.
Tom Buckley considers key policy changes in the two years since the publication of the NHS five year forward view, looking at the progress made and the challenges that lie ahead.
Nicholas Timmins looks at some of the big issues raised by proposed changes in the way that drugs approved by NICE should be funded.
New data shows that mandated increases in investment have failed to materialise on the front line of mental health care. Helen Gilburt considers what this means and the implications for future improvements.
Richard Murray evaluates the latest NHS planning guidance, and considers whether the changes proposed are welcome and realistic in the current financial context.
As the results of our latest quarterly monitoring report make clear, 2016/17 is not going to be an easy year for the NHS. Richard Murray takes a look at how commissioners and providers are coping.
A key part of our Quarterly Monitoring Report is a survey of NHS finance directors, which offers an insight into the state of NHS finances. Ahead of the publication of our next report, Joni Jabbal considers the results of the latest survey.
David Buck analyses the latest figures on local government’s planned spending on public health, and considers whether the new Prime Minister might take an interest.
With local health systems being told to balance their books in the middle of the biggest financial crisis in recent NHS history, Ruth Robertson considers the impact of this pressure on patients and staff.
In the current financial climate, can the NHS shift care from the acute sector into community settings? Richard Murray considers the possibility.
The Department of Health's annual accounts, published last week, were further evidence of the increasingly serious financial crisis facing the NHS. Helen McKenna considers the outlook as measures are put in place to restore financial control.
Richard Humphries considers the findings of the annual budget survey published this week by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), and a social care system in trouble.
Ruth Robertson and John Appleby examine data from NatCen’s British Social Attitudes survey to reveal what the public think about the NHS and its financial problems.
As health care leaders gather this week for the NHS Confederation annual conference, Chris Ham reflects on different ‘versions’ of the NHS and how these can be combined to secure a sustainable future for the health service.
The need has never been greater for transparency and community involvement in decisions about how to manage changes to health and care services, says Alex Baylis.
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.