Blog Comment and analysis on the key issues in health and social care Search Apply Listing Content Type Viewing: All blogs All blogs Share this content Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Email Print this page Topics Health and care services Adult social care Cancer services End-of-life care General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Public health Leadership, systems and organisations Accountable care Clinical leadership Integrated care Local service design Quality improvement Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Carers Patient experience (-) Patient involvement Patient safety Technology and data Policy, finance and performance Access to care Commissioning and contracting (-) Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 NHS finances Performance Productivity (-) Social care finances Year 2008 2009 (-) 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Blog Anticipating the Spending Review The government has pledged to ring-fence the NHS budget from real-terms reductions, so in one sense the spending review is a done deal. Or is it? Blog Ten challenging questions about the White Paper The King's Fund believes the health White Paper will need to answer some difficult questions if it is to offer a credible plan for the future. Blog The June Budget: swings and roundabouts for the NHS? As expected, George Osborne’s first budget set out a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, but how will the NHS be affected? Blog It's a question of choice for patients Ruth Robertson questions whether government plans to empower patients to choose their hospital will lead to improvements in services. Blog Freeing the NHS from politics Anna Dixon asks whether the Health Bill will support the Conservatives’ ambitions to replace a ‘top down approach' with devolution of power to doctors and patients. Blog Conservative and Liberal Democrat health policy Venn diagram We pull together the health policies of the Conservative and Lib Dem manifestos pre-election, to see the how they could affect future health care policy. Blog What does a Tory-Liberal coalition mean for health? Yesterday's historic agreement means we have a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government in power. But what will this mean for health care policy and the NHS? Blog The Conservative manifesto: something old, new, borrowed and blue If there's a sense of déjà vu about the health section of the Conservative manifesto, it's because it pretty much mirrors the draft version published in January. Blog New system of registration does not let boards off the hook After just a year, the Care Quality Commission has registered all 378 NHS trusts in England that provide health care services: no mean feat in such a short timescale. Blog Tough call on social care costs Could the impending general election be the first where social care is a key campaigning issue? Don't expect cross-party consensus yet, warns Richard Humphries. Blog Lib Dems aware of tough decisions ahead Norman Lamb kicked off the first of The King's Fund's election breakfast debates on 9 February 2010. Anna Dixon reports from the event. Blog We can't go on like this The impression given that 'free care' of the elderly can be achieved without costs or trade-offs is not a solid foundation on which to build the reform of care. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.