The state of NHS finances: What will happen in 2015/16?

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The state of NHS finances took a severe dip in early 2015, with increasing numbers of NHS organisations projecting deficits by the end of the year.

The King's Fund's 2015 Quarterly monitoring report provided more detailed analysis. At this event John Appleby and Richard Murray discussed what might happen after the 2015 general election. With both Labour and the Conservatives remained somewhat vague about their funding intentions for the NHS we asked the questions, What decisions will be made? Is there any room for manoeuvre? Is there anything to look forward to?


John Appleby

John Appleby has been Chief Economist at The King’s Fund since 1998. He has worked in the National Health Service in Birmingham and London and as senior lecturer at the universities of Birmingham and East Anglia.

John has published widely on a range of health care finance and economic issues in books, academic journals, reports, magazines and newspapers. He contributes regularly to the British Medical Journal on economic issues. John has also acted as an adviser to the UK government and parliament in various capacities.

As well as his post at The King’s Fund, John is a visiting professor at the Department of Economics at City University, where he teaches and carries out joint research with colleagues in the City Health Economics Centre.

Richard Murray

Richard Murray joined The King's Fund as Director of Policy in January 2014.

He initially trained as an economist and spent five years in academia before joining the Department of Health as an economic adviser. Following this he spent a period of four years as a health care specialist at McKinsey & Co.

In 2003 Richard returned to the Department of Health, where he undertook a number of roles including Senior Economic Adviser, Director of Strategy, Director of Financial Planning and Chief Analyst, and finally Director of Finance, Quality, Strategy and Analysis. In 2013 he moved to NHS England as Chief Analyst before leaving to join The King's Fund.