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After the 18-week waiting time target was breached earlier this year, Jeremy Hunt announced £250 million to bring it back under control. We review the latest data to see how successful this has been so far. Blog Waiting for mental health care: what does the public think? How long is it reasonable to wait for treatment of depression after being referred by a GP? The results from the 2013 British Social Attitudes Survey are revealing and suggest that public expectations exceed current policy ambitions. Blog Cultural change is as important as funding in transforming mental health There is a growing disquiet around mental health. Across the board people are calling for change, but what exactly is it that needs to be done and how can we bring about the ‘parity of esteem’ that we all seek? Blog What happens when the money runs out? If in 2013/14 the NHS struggled to maintain performance even with a recruitment round, the chances it can continue to do so with fewer, rather than more, staff look non-existent, says Richard Murray. Blog NHS performance: are we really getting it right? In The Commonwealth Fund's comparative study of health system performance in 11 countries, the UK ranks first across a range of measures covering quality, access and efficiency of care. But can rankings only tell us so much? Blog We can learn more from India than how to cut costs Here’s a puzzle for you. You have a population of one million people, three psychiatrists, and no mental health nurses. How do you go about delivering mental health care? Blog It's time to start asking and answering the hard questions: a view from an expert by experience Dominic Stenning is a member of the experts by experience group for the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England. He spoke at the launch of the interim report, giving a frank and compelling patient perspective on the health, mental health and social care system. Blog The NHS: running out of money The last time the NHS fell into deficit it came to many as something of a surprise. This time – going by the responses in our latest quarterly monitoring report – it’s looking rather predictable. Blog A&E performance: a winter’s tale With due credit to the hard work of NHS staff and the hours spent on planning, A&E performance this winter is better than it was last year. But why is this? Richard Murray takes a look at the figures in a data blog. Blog Re-allocating the money: who should lead on reforming mental health? The focus on delivering improvements in mental health care is currently dominated by how funding is allocated. But in the midst of the debate, little thought has been given to who should receive this money, and importantly how this could lead to reforming the system. Blog Measuring accountability for outcomes: is transparency enough? The NHS Commissioning Board, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and providers need to be held to account, with plaudits if they excel, and consequences if they fall short of expected standards. Blog Is the NHS entering treacherous waters? Having spent the first half of the Parliament legislating for radical changes to the organisation of the NHS, the government now needs to focus on the mundane but much more important challenge of implementing and executing the service changes on which its record will ultimately depend. Blog What every CCG leader should know about mental health Chris Naylor asks what role CCGs can play to stop people with mental health losing out in the NHS. Blog Public satisfaction with NHS plummets in 2011 Why has the British public's satisfaction with the way the NHS runs taken a nose dive in 2011 – falling from 70 per cent (its highest ever level) to 58 per cent? Blog Will the Information Strategy start an information revolution? Nearly two years ago the government consulted on its aim to achieve an ‘Information Revolution’. So what should the new strategy say if it is to start a revolution? Blog Effective chronic care means recognising the importance of mental health As policy-makers focus on how integrated care can become a reality in the UK, integration of mental and physical health care should be a key part of the debate. Blog Do we need national outcomes strategies? The variability in the quality of neurological services is clear. Catherine Foot asks if national strategies solve the problem. Blog Running the NHS: if you get the small things right, will the big things follow? Lara Sonola asks if clinicians used data to improve clinical practice and drive efficiency, could a little change help the NHS in a big way? Blog The latest waiting times: targets and extra funding James Thompson examines the data on median hospital waiting times and targets in our latest data briefing. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.