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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 Can we be aspirational about quality standards for mental health when resources are so tight? Joanna Goodrich considers the impact of NICE's aspirational guidance on the delivery of adult mental health care on patient-centred care. Blog We need to make our wards more friendly for people with dementia The report of the National Audit of Dementia Care in General Hospitals 2011 has put a sharp focus on the care of people with dementia in hospitals. Blog What has the number of patients treated in non-NHS hospitals got to do with patient choice? Francesca Frosini asks how a new measurement of patients treated in non-NHS hospitals will help to assess patient choice. Blog Can satisfaction with the NHS get any higher? John Appleby analyses the results of the British Social Attitudes survey to see why our satisfaction with the NHS is so high. Blog Real spending figures for the English NHS: an update John Appleby's blog about how new inflation estimates affect real spending figures for the NHS. Blog Commonwealth Fund survey: if the NHS is doing well, why is it changing? As a new Commonwealth Fund survey reflects a positive light on the NHS, Chris Ham asks why we are still moving forward so quickly with health reforms? Blog SHMI, the new indicator for measuring hospital mortality: more light or more confusion? In her blog, Veena Raleigh is doubtful that the new hospital mortality rate indictor, SHMI, will provide the definitive measure of a hospital's quality. Blog Lost and confused: improving hospital care for dementia patients After the CQC report on quality of care, Anna Dixon asks if acute hospitals are providing the right care for people with dementia. Blog Who's paying for mental health services for young people? Sarah Jonas asks what effect will large scale cuts to local authority social care budgets have on child and adolescent mental health services. Blog Why are we waiting? Early indications show that while waiting times are still historically low, they are beginning to increase under the coalition government. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.