The next election is too close to call. But already, the NHS has been at the heart of a great deal of campaign discussion – particularly the thorny issue of how to fund the NHS and integrate it with social care.
However once these issues are solved, the next government must focus on improving the quality of care for patients. Its challenge will be to transform services in order to meet the needs of patients in the 21st century.
So how can this happen? At The King’s Fund, we feel there are four key priorities – improving productivity, increasing funding, improving quality and reforming the system.