Blog tagged as: Productivity and finance

23 March 2017 | Comments: 4

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.

20 March 2017

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.

14 March 2017 | Comments: 5

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?

7 March 2017

Siva Anandaciva argues that A&E performance may not bounce back as quickly as expected when winter recedes.

3 March 2017 | Comments: 1

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.

2 March 2017

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.

22 February 2017 | Comments: 2

Nicholas Timmins asks whether the 2012 health and social care reforms allowed politicians to avoid taking responsibility for the state of the NHS.

Richard Murray
17 February 2017 | Comments: 4

Richard Murray gives an overview of the state of NHS finances, ahead of the latest figures being released next week.

16 February 2017 | Comments: 5

How does the national media understand and report on ‘rationing’ in the NHS, and what is the impact of this coverage? Anna Charles reports on our findings.

9 February 2017 | Comments: 2

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.

1 February 2017 | Comments: 7

Having spent time shadowing frontline physicians in acute hospitals, Chris Ham and Don Berwick set out the challenges they observed and talk about how the Fund is working with others to develop an agenda for improvements.

Don Berwick
1 February 2017 | Comments: 7

Having spent time shadowing frontline physicians in acute hospitals, Chris Ham and Don Berwick set out the challenges they observed and talk about how the Fund is working with others to develop an agenda for improvements.

Richard Murray
28 January 2017 | Comments: 1

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.

18 January 2017 | Comments: 6

Chris Ham argues that some 'waste' in health care is necessary to deliver better value in the longer-term.

Richard Murray
21 December 2016 | Comments: 8

As we publish our new briefing, Richard Murray considers the wider context of increasing demand and activity in English hospitals.

11 December 2016 | Comments: 2

Widespread dismay greeted the omission of any reference in the 2016 Autumn Statement to the perilous state of social care funding. Richard Humphries looks at the options available.

18 November 2016

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.

18 November 2016 | Comments: 3

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.

8 November 2016 | Comments: 5

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.

7 November 2016 | Comments: 3

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.

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