Breadcrumb Home Projects The King's Fund verdict This content relates to the following topics: General election 2015 Share this content Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Email Print this page Our analysis of the big questions in health and social care for the 2015 general election. What do we know about the impact of immigration on the NHS? Immigration is a hotly contested political issue, with both the costs and benefits under debate. The potential impact of immigration on the NHS is one aspect of this wider discussion, with competing claims that it is both good for, and bad for, the health service.Has the government delivered a new era for public health? The White Paper, Healthy lives, healthy people, published in November 2010, promised ‘a new era for public health, with a higher priority and dedicated resources’. Was this promise kept?Is the NHS heading for financial crisis? Tight control over pay and prices together with cuts in management costs meant that NHS performance held up well for the first three years of the last parliament. But both performance and financial control have since declined.Did the government meet its pledge to increase real terms spending year on year? The King's Fund verdict is our take on the big questions ahead of the general election in May 2015. Here we look at whether the government has met its pledge to increase real terms spending year on year. How much money does the NHS need? The King's Fund verdict on how much money the NHS needs. How far has the government gone towards integrating care? Here we take a look at how far the coalition government went in its efforts to develop integrated health and social care services.Is the NHS being privatised? Here we look at the thorny issue of NHS privatisation. How serious are the pressures in social care? The coalition government made some steps in the right direction. But it failed to protect adult social care from unprecedented cuts in spending, and the number of people getting publicly funded social care has fallen by a quarter despite growing demographic need. Has the government put mental health on an equal footing with physical health? Some specific achievements have been made in recent years. However, the increased attention now being placed on mental health has come late in the parliament, and there remains a gap between rhetoric and reality. You may also be interested in Article Government's first 100 days: Treasury's fingerprints are all over health policy The Treasury’s influence on government health policy is not surprising in view of the emphasis on deficit reduction and spending controls. So far the health policy can be divided into three major themes, each has their own tensions requiring resolution, writes Chris Ham Completed project Health and social care: the first 100 days of the new government After 100 days in office, the new government's plans for health and social care are beginning to take shape. Here we explore the measures that have been announced so far. Regulation, targets and transparency: The first 100 days of the new government The reliance on regulation to drive performance is set to continue, albeit with some subtle but important changes. The NHS five year forward view: The first 100 days of the new government The government has signalled strong support for the NHS five year forward view – the vision for the NHS published in October 2014 by NHS England – with the Prime Minister and Secretary of State endorsing it as the ‘NHS’s plan’ for improving services.