Responding to the sad news of Sir Derek Wanless’ death, Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, said:
‘Sir Derek Wanless was one of the most important figures in health and social care in the last decade. His seminal 2002 report to the Treasury paved the way for the increases in NHS funding that followed and has stood the test of time as the most complete and influential analysis of health needs ever undertaken in this country.
He will be sadly missed by The King’s Fund. His ground breaking report on social care funding which we published in 2006 was instrumental in reinvigorating the case for reforming social care funding on which the Dilnot Commission’s more recent report is based. He also worked with the Fund to update his original NHS review in 2007. A fitting legacy for his work would be for politicians to finally agree a lasting settlement for social care funding.’
John Appleby, Chief Economist at The King’s Fund, added:
‘Working with Derek on The King’s Fund review of his 2002 report on future funding for the NHS was instructive. He was meticulous in his analysis and committed to the use of evidence to inform public and political debate about health and social care. He was unfailingly good humoured and a pleasure to work with.’