Notes to editors
- For further information or interviews, please contact the King’s Fund press office on 020 7307 2585, 020 7307 2632 or 020 7307 2581. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185.
- Our Future Health Secured? A review of NHS funding and performance is available on The King's Fund website.
- Sir Derek Wanless has prepared two significant reports for the government on the NHS, Securing Our Future Health: Taking a Long-Term View (2002), and Securing Good Health for the Whole Population (2004). Also, in March 2006 his report on social care - Securing Good Care for Older People: Taking a long-term view – was published by the King’s Fund. Sir Derek was assisted on the review by King’s Fund Chief Economist John Appleby; King’s Fund Senior Associate Anthony Harrison, and Darshan Patel, who was seconded to work on the review from the British Dental Association, where he is an economist.
- The scenarios outlined by Sir Derek in his 2002 review reveal three different potential spending paths for the NHS over the 20 years to 2022/23. Fully engaged, the most ambitious and resource-efficient scenario, showed NHS spending rising from an estimated £68 billion in 2002/3 to £154 billion (at 2002/3 prices) by 2022/3, representing real growth of 126 per cent; slow uptake, the least satisfactory and most expensive scenario, had spending rising to £184 billion – real growth of 171 per cent; while solid progress, a scenario of steady improvement, projected a rise to £161 billion – real growth of 137 per cent.
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