Blog tagged as: General election 2015

5 May 2015 | Comments: 2
As the election campaign has got into full swing, politicians have been seeking to outbid each other on funding for the NHS. However, there has been almost total silence on public health. So why is the debate so different this time round, and why does it matter?
30 April 2015
Former New York governor Mario Cuomo once said that politicians campaign in poetry but govern in prose. When it comes to social care issues in the current election campaign, most UK politicians are struggling with even basic literacy.
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?

17 April 2015 | Comments: 2
What then are we to make of the commitments made by the three main political parties?
10 April 2015
The last data on NHS performance measures before the election, released this week, shows us what the incoming government will be inheriting. So what does it tell us?
9 April 2015 | Comments: 5
One of the early mantras of the coalition government was the intention to ‘improve the health of the poorest, fastest’. So where have we got to with this ambition, and more broadly, with inequalities in health?
12 March 2015 | Comments: 2

The coalition has done well to pass the Care Act, but bigger change is now needed. In an ageing society social care has become too important to play second fiddle to the NHS, says Richard Humphries.

24 February 2015 | Comments: 6
While NHS policy debates are increasingly painted only in black and white, shades of grey are often more interesting.
6 February 2015 | Comments: 5

As we head towards the general election, the government’s record on the NHS will come under intense scrutiny. Our review of NHS reform argues that this has been a parliament of two halves.

29 January 2015 | Comments: 3
As debate on the future of the NHS rises up the agenda ahead of the general election in May, the government can take comfort from our report on the British Social Attitudes Survey 2014, which shows public satisfaction with the NHS at its second highest level since the survey began.
28 January 2015 | Comments: 3
At the launch of Labour’s 10-year plan for health and social care, Andy Burnham described a bold and compelling vision of a different kind of service fit for the 21st century. But big questions still remain, says Richard Humphries.
22 January 2015 | Comments: 12
This week has seen announcements on mental health from both the government and the opposition. So are we starting to see mental health becoming a higher-profile political issue?
15 January 2015 | Comments: 1
David Buck reflects on the big messages communicated at the launch of Labour’s approach to public health policy.
1 January 2015 | Comments: 11
The NHS faces three major challenges in 2015: preparing for the spending review, achieving much closer integration of health and social care, and ensuring that the NHS has the leadership in place to deliver the highest possible standards of care within available resources.
Richard Murray
11 December 2014

As the dust settles on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, this is a good time to review what it told us. I think it contained three big messages: one on money, one on reform, and one on social care.

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.

16 September 2014 | Comments: 6
The deafening silence on future funding amounts to a failure of the political process at a time when the NHS is heading rapidly towards a deep and damaging crisis.
7 May 2014 | Comments: 7
While public satisfaction with the NHS remains high, there is unprecedented pressure on NHS finances, particularly in 2015/16. Chris Ham considers the political landscape a year before the 2015 general election.