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In the run up to the general election, The King’s Fund will explore what national government can do to improve health and care in England, consider political parties’ policy proposals, and make sense of the national debate.

On these pages you can find more detail on The King's Fund's general election priorities, our analysis of party policies, and content to help make sense of the debate around health and care.

Our general election priorities

  • General election priorities: improving access to out-of-hospital care

    Improving access to out-of-hospital care

    This briefing focuses on how to improve access to out-of-hospital care, including GPs, social care, community services and community mental health services.

  • General elections priorities: making careers in social care more attractive

    Making careers in health and social care more attractive

    The health and care workforce crisis is at the heart of many of the challenges facing the NHS and social care in England. We look at what national government can do to address severe sta...

  • General election priorities: tackling the biggest risk factors affecting people's health

    Tackling the biggest risk factors affecting people’s health

    This briefing focuses on how to tackle the biggest risk factors affecting people’s health.

Long reads

The King's Fund Podcast: election special

  • A graphic design representing the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

    Election special: manifesto week

    It's manifesto week and on this podcast episode we're examining what the Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and Labour are pledging on health and care.

  • Three health and care workers standing together, with a general election rosette in the background

    Election special: NHS budget, community services and the workforce question

    In our latest podcast episode, we delve into the Conservative Party’s plan to bolster community services and outline the debate on the health and care workforce so far.

  • A calendar and clock, with general election rosette in the background

    Election special: waiting lists and the fall of the smoking ban

    What is the big health story from the first week of the 2024 general election campaign? Listen to the first episode of our special podcast mini-series.

Press releases


Data and charts

  • Line chart showing NHS workforce

    NHS workforce in a nutshell

    We know the NHS is facing a workforce crisis, but how many people work in the NHS in England, what roles are they in and are they happy with their jobs? Find out in our nutshell.

  • Primary care services in a nutshell

    Find out more about how primary care services work, how they're funded, inequalities in access and public satisfaction with general practice and dentistry in this nutshell.

  • An image of bar charts rising which shows: the cost and severity of maintenance issues with NHS buildings and equipment is still growing

    Capital investment in the NHS

    The Department of Health and Social Care’s capital budget is used for research and development, and for long-term investments in building and maintaining NHS land, facilities and equipme...

  • The NHS budget and how it has changed

    The NHS budget and how it has changed

    What is the NHS budget and how is it funded? Find out in our nutshell.

Other election content

  • Progress on the government's 2019 manifesto commitments on health and social care

    Has the government delivered on their 2019 election commitments for health and social care? Jessica Holden examines 14 of the key election commitments and any progress made.

  • How does the NHS compare to the health care systems of other countries?

    Comparing the health care systems of different countries can help us assess how the UK health care system is performing and where it could improve. Our new report found that the NHS is n...

  • A health care working and a senior citizen in front of a home

    Social care 360

    Our latest 360 review outlines and analyses 12 key trends in adult social care in England over recent years.

  • A computer screen with a survey on it, with a trendline going downwards

    Public satisfaction with the NHS and social care in 2023

    Overall satisfaction with the NHS fell to 24% – a 5 percentage point decrease from 2022. This is the lowest level of public satisfaction recorded since the British Social Attitudes surve...

  • The rise and decline of the NHS in England 2000–20

    Multi-year funding increases and reforms led to improvements in NHS performance between 2000 and 2010, but performance has declined since 2010 as a result of much lower funding increases...

  • Independent health care and the NHS

    In this briefing, we set out some of the trends in public and private spending on independent sector health care providers.