Notes to editors
Public Health in the Balance: Getting it right for London, by David Woodhead, Karen Jochelson and Ruth Tennant, will be launched at the King's Fund Open Day on Tuesday, March 26.
For a review copy or interviews with any of the authors please contact Daniel Reynolds on 020 7307 2581.
The King's Fund also publishes two further studies today, one looking at morale and motivation among staff in the NHS and the other examining the values that lie behind the NHS:
Counting the Smiles urges the Government to act now to boost morale among NHS staff. It shows that morale is low in the NHS, putting at risk the Government's plans to modernise the service. It says the two biggest causes of low morale are chronic staff shortages, which make working conditions difficult, and the strong perception among staff that their work is not valued.
Hidden Assets shows that staff, patients and citizens hold diverse views about the service. It argues that by listening to the views of patients, workers and the public, the NHS can benefit considerably as it changes to meet the demands of the new century. It adds that people should be consulted about the trade-offs between conflicting values, such as choice and equity, that are inherent in the NHS.