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For a majority of the public however, this is not a principle they hold. Blog The Better Care Fund: will the plans work? The government expects councils and NHS partners to achieve way too much, with too little, too soon, says Richard Humphries. Blog Hospital workload in one chart: good news, bad news With hospital workloads increasing on all fronts, John Appleby takes a look at the key trends and data to explain what's going on. Blog Delivering better value in the NHS 2014/15 looks like being a watershed year in which the NHS moves decisively into deficit, so where do the opportunities lie in delivering better value? Blog Better Care Fund, better read the small print? Although earlier rumours of the demise of the Better Care Fund – the government’s £3.8 billion pooled fund to promote integrated care – have turned out to be greatly exaggerated, the significance of the government’s latest announcement about the fund should not be. Blog New organisational models for the NHS won't be built in a day New organisational models for the NHS could bring benefits but it's the quality of leadership alongside a culture of excellence in performance and accountability for results that will be key, says Candace Imison. Blog The NHS was not a major issue during the 2010 election, so what should we expect in 2015? While public satisfaction with the NHS remains high, there is unprecedented pressure on NHS finances, particularly in 2015/16. Chris Ham considers the political landscape a year before the 2015 general election. Blog Wanted: an even Better Care Fund In light of our new report on the NHS productivity challenge, Chris Ham calls for a new transformation fund to stop the NHS approaching a major financial crisis. Blog The future provider landscape: are foundation trusts taking us down a dead end? We don't need more organisations with the label foundation trust, we need financial and clinical sustainability in the provider sector, says Candace Imison. Blog Can Simon Stevens build a coalition for change? Simon Stevens takes up his post as Chief Executive of NHS England today, with an inbox that will be full to overflowing. But what are the three issues that demand his immediate attention? Blog The Better Care Fund: what’s love got to do with it? The success of the £3.8 billion Better Care Fund – designed to promote integrated care and help shift care closer to home – depends on a different kind of chemistry between local NHS organisations and their local authority partners. Blog Is good NHS management a waste of money? Chris Ham's blog about the importance of good management and leadership in 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 Do actions speak louder than words on competition? Will amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill affecting the role of the Co-operation and Competition Panel and Monitor truly affect competition in the NHS? Blog Learning from variations to increase value for money in the NHS At this time of tight budgets and organisational restructure, Al Mulley explores the implications of practice variation for the NHS. Blog The £20 billion productivity challenge: an unavoidable choice for the NHS? John Appleby champions the need to keep improving NHS productivity, even if we decide to spend more on health care in his blog. Blog The new-look Health and Social Care Bill: what are the next steps for clinical commissioning groups? Paul Zollinger-Read asks if the pause in the Health and Social Care Bill is welcomed by clinical commissioning groups or do they want to get on with the NHS reforms? Blog Did Labour's Spearhead health inequalities policy miss the target but hit the point? Will the health reforms and the formation of Public Health England help to address health inequalities in England? David Buck investigates in our blog. Blog Are we looking at reform through the wrong end of the telescope? Should the Health and Social Care Bill be focusing on the reform of GPs as providers instead of on GPs as commissioners? Candace Imison takes a look at the changes to NHS reforms. Blog Holding the NHS to account Has the government really listened to opinion on the Health and Social Care Bill? And if so, how will any new system of commissioning be held accountable? Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterPublications: Independent research and analysis on health and social care Reports, long reads and articles.