Notes to editors
1. For further information or interviews, please contact The King's Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2585, or 07831 554927. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185.
2. The King's Fund debate on the future of the NHS featured Health Minister John Hutton MP, Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley MP and Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Paul Burstow MP. The debate took place at the King' Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN. The politicians then faced questions from the specially selected audience of patients, practitioners, policy makers, front-line staff and the media. King's Fund chief executive Niall Dickson chaired the event.
3. The King's Fund recently published An independent audit of the National Health Service under Labour (1997- 2005) on Sunday, 20 March. It found the Government has made huge strides in reforming the health service since coming to power in 1997, but warned there are still important problems to be solved and that as yet there is no firm evidence to show the reforms have produced a marked improvement in the nation's health.
4. The King's Fund is also in the process of producing a number of election briefings that draw on the independent expertise of its policy and research staff to provide concise overviews of today's hot topics in health and social care. Briefings on patient choice and mental health have already been completed, and further ones are being produced in the following policy areas: care and care services; health care and the private sector; health inequalities and diversity; hospital cleanliness; international health care comparisons; managing long-term conditions; NHS foundation hospitals; NHS funding and the effect of market forces; NHS performance and regulation; NHS workforce; patient and public involvement; primary care; the private finance initiative; and public health.
6. The King's Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through grants. We are a major resource to people working in health, offering leadership and education courses; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.