Liberating the NHS

The health White Paper Equity and Excellence: liberating the NHS outlines the government's vision for the NHS. It re-iterates the government’s commitment to an NHS available to all and free at the point of use and outlines the principles on which the proposed reforms are based.

The vision is of an NHS that is patient centred: a system that provides world class care, reduces inequalities in care, is more transparent, gives more say to citizens, works better across boundaries and has a smaller bureaucracy.

A further White Paper will set out the details of the government's proposals on public health later in 2010 and a commission for the funding of long-term care and support has been established.

Further commentary and analysis from the Fund

We've produced a number of resources on the topics covered in this section of the health White Paper, and have listed some of the key pieces of commentary and analysis below:

Public health resources

Public health is everybody's business; it is shaped in part by the actions and behaviours that we undertake every day at home, at work, at play. But it is also more than that. (Blog, August 2010)

Anne Milton MP, Under Secretary of State for Public Health, took part in a breakfast debate, discussing the state of public health in England and the implications of the reforms. (Event, July 2010)

The Inquiry into the Quality of General Practice in England is commissioning research on health promotion and public health as part of its work. (Project, June 2010)

Tammy Boyce discusses whether new NICE guidance will help tackle this expensive and significant public health problem. (Blog, June 2010)

The Conservative party's plan to separate the public health budget from the health service budget is a welcome move, says Anna Dixon. (Press release, January 2010)

Inequality resources

Since 1997, funding for the NHS has doubled in real terms, but has this produced a high-performing NHS? Using official data, government reports and academic research, A high-performing NHS? is the first comprehensive evaluation of the NHS in England from 1997 to 2010. (Publication, April 2010)

Anna Dixon responds to the independent Marmot Review of inequalities in health, explaining that they cannot be separated from inequalities in housing, education and working conditions. (Press release, February 2010)

Working in partnership is central to reducing health inequalities – one department acting alone cannot tackle an issue that does not respect organisational boundaries. (Article, December 2009)

Social care resources

Professor Chris Ham responds to the announcement that social care would seem to remain a priority for the coalition government. (Press release, July 2010)

What would a place-based approach to spending mean for the NHS? Richard Humphries examines the Total Place initiative. (Blog, June 2010)

In our series of key election questions we assessed the progress that has been made in social care over the past 10 years. (Project, April 2010)

Fairer funding arrangements, a review of the current arrangements for older people and reforms to the benefits system are among the proposals put forward in this report. (Publication, March 2010)

Anna Dixon discusses how issues surrounding care for the elderly will be central to the forthcoming election campaign, and stresses the importance of social care reform. (Article, February 2010)

Could health and social care integration be one way of helping the system cope with rising demand, demographic change and significant funding restraint? (Event, November 2009)

There is general agreement that the current system of adult social care funding and delivery requires radical reform. This project seeks to maintain momentum for social care improvement and to critically evaluate the progress. (Project, May 2009)