Notes to editors
1. For further information, interviews or a media copy of either report, please contact the King's Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2585, 020 7307 2632 or 020 7307 2581. For out-of-hours enquiries, please contact 07774 218439 or 07831 554927. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185.
2. How should we deal with hospital failure? Facing the challenges of the new NHS market, by Dr Keith Palmer, and Regulating Health Care: The way forward, by Dr Jennifer Dixon, are both free to download from Wednesday, 7 December on the publications section of the King's Fund website.
3. These are the latest reports in the King's Fund's programme of work examining the new NHS Market - NHS Market Futures. Other papers in the series address critical issues such as the future of primary care and commissioning. The series will make an important contribution to the debate about the direction in which the NHS is now moving. For further information, please visit our NHS Market Futures work programme page.
4. Breakfast debate - Incentivising reform in the NHS – does it all add up? Wednesday, 7 December 2005
The government's reforms are set to introduce new and potentially powerful incentives to the NHS. Many of these incentives, if left unchecked, risk inflating demand for NHS care. For example, under payment by results, providers of NHS care have a clear incentive to maximise activity and income. However, incentives for providers to avoid hospitalisation, an appropriate aim for emergency care and for services for people with long-term conditions, are weaker. We will be considering how best to design appropriate incentives for different parts of the health care system and ensure that perverse impacts are anticipated and minimised. Speakers will be:
- Dr Michael Walsh, Chief Executive of South East London Strategic Health Authority
- Dr Keith Palmer, Senior Associate, King’s Fund, and Non-Executive Director of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
- Rebecca Rosen, Fellow in Health Policy, King’s Fund.
- Dr Jennifer Dixon, King’s Fund Director of Policy, will chair the debate.
Media are cordially invited to attend the debate: 8.15am to 10am, Wednesday, 7 December 2005 at the King's Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN. If you would like to attend, please contact Michael Moruzzi in the media and public relations office on 020 7307 2585 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. 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 funding. We are a major resource to people working in health and social care, offering leadership development programmes; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.