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As NHS England proposes new waiting times targets, Siva Anandaciva weighs up the impact of the four-hour target and outlines seven key issues for the new standards that have been proposed for emergency departments. Report Public satisfaction with the NHS and social care in 2018: Results from the British Social Attitudes survey Public satisfaction with the NHS overall continued to fall in 2018. Overall satisfaction was 53 per cent – a 3 percentage point drop from the previous year and the lowest level since 2007. Report The public and the NHS: what's the deal? In March 2018 The King’s Fund and Ipsos MORI carried out a series of discussion events with the public to explore people's views on the relationship between the public and the NHS. This report sets out the findings. Report What does the public think about the NHS? As part of our project on the changing relationship between the NHS and the public, the Fund commissioned some initial polling from Ipsos MORI. The results are in. Long read Why can't I get a doctor's appointment? Solving the complex issue of GP access Public satisfaction with general practice is lower now than it has ever been, while the number of people reporting difficulties in booking appointments continues to grow. We run through the proposed solutions to issues around GP access and consider their potential effectiveness. Long read The politics of health: what do the public think about the NHS? As we head towards another general election, what are patient and public perceptions of the NHS? And have the public's views changed since the country last went to the ballot box? Commissioned report Volunteering in ambulance services: developing and diversifying opportunities Commissioned by the Office for Civil Society, this report explores the role and value of volunteering within ambulance services in England and identifies examples of different ways in which volunteering opportunities are being developed. Article Talking leadership: Ben Fuchs on 'advantage blindness' Ben Fuchs is a Senior Consultant in our Leadership and Organisational Development team. Ahead of our annual leadership summit on compassionate and inclusive leadership, we explore why it’s important for those in management and leadership roles to be aware of potential blind spots. Report Leadership in today's NHS: delivering the impossible Leaders in today’s NHS operate in a climate of extreme pressure. Staffing vacancies are rife, there are widespread challenges in meeting financial and performance targets and demands on services continue to increase. What can be done to support current leaders and encourage future ones? Article It’s time for a new deal between the public and the NHS The 70th anniversary of the NHS is an opportunity to reflect on its enduring popularity and to ask what people can expect from the service and what their obligations are in return, says Chris Ham. Report The NHS at 70: Are we expecting too much from the NHS? In this paper we explore the public’s expectations of the NHS, the balance between meeting those expectations and living within a constrained budget, and the question of who is responsible for keeping us healthy. Article A new deal with the public It’s time to revisit what people can expect from the NHS and what their obligations are in return, writes Chris Ham. Long read Using data in the NHS: the implications of the opt-out and GDPR Harry Evans explores the use of data in the NHS, the systems in place for protecting it and what GDPR and the opt-out might mean for the future. Long read Does the public see tax rises as the answer to NHS funding pressures? We have analysed the latest data from the British Social Attitudes survey on public attitudes to NHS funding and the quality of care provided by the NHS. Report Public satisfaction with the NHS and social care in 2017 Public satisfaction with the NHS overall has dropped sharply in the past year and dissatisfaction is at its highest level since 2007. Long read How have public attitudes to the NHS changed over the past three decades? What can data from 34 years of the British Social Attitudes survey tell us about the public's relationship with the NHS and how it is viewed alongside other publicly funded services? We reflect on the top four issues. Article The politics of health: what do the public think about the NHS? Dan Wellings reviews the polls to uncover what the public are looking for from politicians when it comes to the NHS. Report Public satisfaction with the NHS in 2016 In 2016 the NHS remained popular with the public. In particular, the public values a system that provides high-quality, comprehensive services that are free at the point of use. Article Inspiring leadership: Kate’s story We talk to Kate Bones, whose experience of taking part in our Athena programme has left a lasting impression. Long read How hospital activity in the NHS in England has changed over time Why is the NHS struggling to maintain standards of care despite increased funding? Demand for services is rising. Article Talking leadership: Susie Perks-Baker on our Athena programme Susie Perks-Baker discusses the challenges currently facing female leaders in health and care, and how our Athena programme has evolved to meet their needs. Evidence and consultation Self-sufficient local government: 100 per cent business rates retention: Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) consultation The King's Fund's response to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) consultation on self-sufficient local government. Report Public satisfaction with the NHS in 2015 The relatively high levels of satisfaction in part reflect positive views on on NHS services, but also public support for the concept of a publicly run health service free at the point of use and providing a comprehensive range of services. Article An all-inclusive NHS is achievable Discrimination against minorities is prevalent in the NHS, but a climate of inclusion, mutual respect and supportiveness will ensure that the benefits of diversity are gained, writes Michael West. Subscribe to our Weekly Update newsletterBlog: Comment and analysis on the key issues in health and social care All blog posts from The King's Fund. Search our database of health and care policy literatureHealth and care explained: How does the health and care system work? How is it changing?This selection of content aims to make sense of the health and care system – including videos, articles, illustrated summaries and more.