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 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 Population health 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 2009 (-) 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Blog Waiting times tracker: analysis of seasonal effects An important issue in understanding trends in waiting times is seasonal variations. John Appleby looks at hospital waiting times in his data blog. Blog The waiting game: what's happening to hospital waiting times? The health White Paper sets out a significant set of reforms for the NHS. We plan to follow the evolution and implementation of these changes and assess their impact. Blog Hospital mortality rates: fact or fiction? A report out today discusses the issues in using mortality to measure the quality of hospital care. But is this a good measure of quality of care? Blog Which English hospital is best at hips? John Appleby considers the first set of data on post-operative patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) published by the Department of Health. Blog Can we guarantee compassionate care? Can we guarantee patients compassionate care? Jocelyn Cornwell argues that while we can't currently guarantee this, we should be doing more to make it likely. Blog Will reconfiguration improve quality and save money? The coalition wants England to achieve the best health outcomes in Europe and deliver year-on-year productivity savings – could reconfiguration help to achieve this? Blog What role for information in the new NHS? Information is destined to have a key role in the new vision for the NHS. But will it help to give patients choices and to increase public accountability? Blog Quality accounts are out: how does your trust shape up? Quality accounts are intended to achieve two things - to increase boards' focus on quality, and to provide greater public accountability for quality. Blog What will replace targets and terror? The Secretary of State's revisions to the 2010/11 NHS Operating Framework have been published today and, as expected, the government is scaling back access targets. Blog Chris Ham: reflections on my first weeks at the Fund Chris Ham, the new Chief Executive at The King's Fund talks about his first few weeks in the role and how the election has dominated his work so far. Blog The politics of health: what are the polls telling us? In what promises to be the closest general election in recent memory, just how important will the parties' health policies be when voters confront the ballot box? Blog Labour's manifesto: new pledges, omissions and the usual ambiguities Ruth Thorlby explores what the Labour manifesto has to say about health care. Blog A disconnected debate? The election campaign has kicked off, and with many voters still undecided, there is everything to play for. We look at Labour's plans for health reform. Blog Are Labour's policies to blame for poor cancer survival rates? The government says that UK cancer survival rates are amongst the worst in Europe and proof of the need for change. What do the comparative statistics tell us? Blog Tories, targets and transparency On 8 January 2010 David Cameron came to the Fund to answer questions from the public and professionals on transparency, targets and bureaucracy in health care. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.