Each month we shine a light on new topic by analysing the data and exploring the implications for those in health care policy and at the frontline.

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The public health grant has been increased but is still too low

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March 2020 chart of the month. The 2020/21 public health grant allocations are a welcome increase,...

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Regional differences in health are large and growing

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February 2020 chart of the month. There is a 18.6 year gap in male healthy life expectancy at birth...

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In deprived areas, patients referred for psychological therapy are less likely to receive treatment

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January 2020 Chart of the month. Patients in deprived areas referred to IAPT services are less...

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How do manifesto pledges for health and social care spending stack up?

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December 2019 chart of the month – General Election 2019 special. Our analysis explores how...

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Average annual costs per patient for the top 5% of patients are over 20 times higher than all other patients

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October 2019 chart of the month. Our anaysis explores for the first time the distribution of both...

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Health spending as a share of GDP remains at lowest level in a decade

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July 2019 chart of the month. UK spending on health stays flat as a percentage of GDP

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The UK spends less on capital in health care than other comparable countries

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June 2019 chart of the month. As a share of GDP, the UK spends far less on capital in health care...

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Preventable deaths and deprivation

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May 2019 chart of the month. The risk of preventable death is at least three times higher for people...

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Health service output has increased faster than nurse numbers this decade

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April 2019 chart of the month. The divergence between growth in staff numbers and the amount being...

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Bed occupancy rates within STPs over winter

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March 2019 chart of the month. Bed occupancy rates show variations across England this winter, but...

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Changes to the general practice workforce

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February 2019 chart of the month. The overall number of nurses grew by 1.5% to 16,040 between...

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How has the productivity of UK health care changed between 1997 and 2016?

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January 2019 Chart of the Month. Between 1997 and 2016, productivity across the UK NHS grew by 20%,...

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