Betting the farm: inside the NHS Forward View

The NHS is no stranger to five or ten year plans. Today’s publication of the Five year forward view takes its place in a lineage which includes 2009’s NHS 2010-2015: from good to great and 2000’s N...

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The funding formula: age vs deprivation

Recent press reports (such as in The Independent and the HSJ) float the suggestion that NHS funds in England should be distributed to local areas solely on the basis of the age of the local populat...

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A fork in the road: the Enhanced Tariff Option

It’s been an important couple of weeks for the finance departments of all providers of NHS services. Following objections from 13% of commissioners, and 75% of relevant NHS providers by share of su...

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When is £8 billion not £8 billion?

As a health economist, I am often asked the same question: what does the government actually mean by its commitment to increase ‘NHS spending in England in real terms by a minimum of £8 billion ove...

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NHS finances: running the Red Queen's race

As the country’s top priority and biggest employer, the NHS receives a lot of attention. With the diversity of messages reported, it can be confusing. On the one hand there are reports of staff sho...

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We owe it to patients and taxpayers

The annual report on the sustainability of public finances was published today by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) – the government's independent economic forecaster. These are numbers th...

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