How is the NHS performing? October 2014: Quarterly Monitoring Report

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Part of Quarterly monitoring report (QMR)

About this quarter's report

Our latest survey of finance directors reveals the highest level of pessimism about the financial position of health organisations since we began surveying in the autumn of 2011. For the first time since we began our quarterly survey, no one expressed any degree of optimism about the financial state of their local health economies over the next year.

Nearly half (47 per cent) of trust finance directors surveyed for the report identified staff morale as one of their top three concerns, twice as many as in the previous quarter. The report suggests this should be a significant cause for concern given the close link between staff engagement and quality of care.

How is the NHS performing? October 2014 is the thirteenth of The King's Fund's regular quarterly monitoring reports. Find out more about the work.