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In 2010, The King’s Fund published a comprehensive analysis of the progress made by the NHS between 1997 and 2010. This review, A high-performing NHS? A review of progress 1997-2010, assessed the service’s performance during this time against eight key areas: access; safety; health promotion and management of long-term conditions; clinical effectiveness; patient experience; equity; efficiency and accountability.
This report provides an update on NHS performance two and a half years into the current parliament; halfway into the agreed term of the coalition government. The report is structured around similar dimensions, although promoting health and managing long-term conditions have now been examined in two separate sections. The section on accountability has not been updated because the structures governing the NHS are still undergoing significant change.
The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Our vision is that the best possible care is available to all.