Siva Anandaciva argues that A&E performance may not bounce back as quickly as expected when winter recedes.
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.
Delayed transfers of care will only be solved when there is substantial additional investment in community-based services alongside local reform and improvement, argues Richard Humphries.
The number of NHS trusts reporting operational pressures is unprecedented, and bed occupancy levels are unsustainably high. Richard Murray examines the story behind the numbers.
As we publish our new briefing, Richard Murray considers the wider context of increasing demand and activity in English hospitals.
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 the first results from our new monitoring of general practice, Emily Northern looks at the challenges facing the sector and asks why doctors choose to become GPs.
As local areas prepare to take forward the recommendations of the national maternity review, Lillie Wenzel considers the role of user feedback in driving improvements in maternity services.
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.
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.
David Oliver looks at the findings of the National Audit Office report and considers why hospitals are still failing to discharge older people on time.
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.
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.
Beccy Baird highlights the need for nationally collected activity data for general practice.
Sarah Gregory discusses how the health care systems in the United Kingdom compare with those in other countries and asks how we can share ideas and learning.
NHS Improvement aims to deliver better healthcare, transformed care delivery and sustainable finances. With the official launch on 1 April 2016, Richard Murray considers the challenges it faces.
Four months since the first caps on NHS agency staff spend were introduced by Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority, Phoebe Dunn looks at the impact so far.
With the publication of the first set of NHS equity indicators in January, David Buck considers what the NHS still needs to do to tackle inequalities in health.