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Health and social care under the new government

The new government takes up office with the NHS facing its biggest challenges for many years, while pressures on social care are escalating. Here we present our priorities for the government and other selected commentary and analysis, as the new parliament gets underway.

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  • Three priorities for the new government

    The challenge for the government will be to strike a balance between addressing unprecedented short-term pressures and initiating the long-term changes needed to place the NHS and social...

  • What have we learnt in the government’s first 100 days?

    Chris Ham gives his assessment of the new government’s health policy.

  • Cuts to public health spending: the falsest of false economies

    Back in June, with no prior warning, the Treasury announced that the 2015/16 public health grant to local authorities would be reduced by £200 million. Last week, the Department of Healt...

  • Paying for care: back to square one?

    The government’s decision to breach an explicit manifesto commitment by delaying reforms to social care funding until 2020 again demonstrates the apparent inability of successive governm...

  • No more inner Stalin: can Jeremy Hunt deliver his vision for the NHS?

    The headlines that preceded Jeremy Hunt’s speech at the Fund may have focused on seven-day working, but what he had to say about his approach to reform is likely to be of greater interes...

  • The politics of NHS funding and taxation in the new parliament

    If promised spending increases do not materialise soon, and ministers insist on the NHS regaining control of its finances, then urgent action will be needed, says Chris Ham.

  • Re-directing the NHS supertanker?

    It may only be five weeks since the general election, but there has already been a veritable blizzard of announcements coming from the Department of Health and national NHS organisations...

  • Health policy priorities for a new parliament

    This collection of essays, published jointly by the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group and The King’s Fund, maps out health priorities for the next parliament, as seen from the perspec...