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- For further information or interviews, please contact the King’s Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2585, 020 7307 2632 or 020 7307 2581. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185.
- Prior to the 2002 spending review, Sir Derek Wanless was asked to assess “the financial and other resources required to ensure that the NHS can provide a publicly funded, comprehensive, high quality service on the basis of clinical need and not ability to pay”. Sir Derek’s subsequent report for the government, Securing Our Future Health: Taking a Long-Term View, was published in April 2002. The report sets out the review's projections of resources required over the next 20 years to deliver a high-quality health service, recognising a range of possibilities for the future in three scenarios. The projections show the UK spending between 10.6 and 12.5 per cent of GDP on health care by 2022-23, compared to 7.7 per cent in 2002. The average annual real terms growth rate in UK NHS spending is between 4.2 and 5.1 per cent over the 20 year period.
- In April 2003, the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Health asked Sir Derek to provide an update of the challenges in implementing the fully engaged scenario set out in his first report on long-term health trends. Sir Derek’s final report, Securing Good Health for the Whole Population, was published in February 2004.
- Following his two significant reports for the government on the NHS, the King’s Fund commissioned Sir Derek in January 2005 to undertake a review into the long-term funding of social care for older people. Sir Derek’s report, Securing Good Care for Older People: Taking a long-term view, is free to download from the King’s Fund website.
- 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.