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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Whither quality?

What does the future hold for quality in the NHS? We’ve certainly become accustomed to the quality of health care rising steadily in England. As recently as 2007, only half of those waiting for ele...

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Richard Taunt

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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Richard Taunt

Changes in CAMHS: parity or warm words?

It’s been a big week for children’s mental health. Yesterday saw the publication of a major taskforce report, today sees the budget announcement of extra money for mental health services. Does this...

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Felicity Dormon

Minding that gap: the NHS funding challenge

The best estimate to date of the funding gap that the NHS must fill in 2021/22 is from the Nuffield Trust. Main message: £44bn at the very least. The best estimate to date of where efficiencies mig...

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Dr Jennifer Dixon

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