The King’s Fund responds to NHS Improvement’s latest quarterly report on the performance of the NHS provider sector

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Richard Murray, Director of Policy for The King’s Fund, said:

'In the run up to next week’s Autumn Statement, today’s report is another reminder of the huge financial and operational pressures facing the NHS and social care. The rapid rate of increase in the number of delayed discharges from hospital during the last quarter is the most stark example of these pressures and highlights the impact of cuts in social care budgets.

'For this reason, the most pressing priority for the Autumn Statement is to address the critical state of social care. With an increasingly threadbare system taking an unacceptable toll on older people, their families and carers, finding more money for social care is an early test of the Prime Minister’s commitment to a more equal country that works for everyone.

'A year-to-date deficit of £648 million represents good progress compared to this time last year and reflects the hard work going into tackling deficits in NHS trusts up and down the country. Nevertheless, with our analysis earlier this week showing widespread concerns that trusts fear they may miss their financial and efficiency targets, the second half of the year is likely to prove more challenging than the first.'

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