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

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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Anita Charlesworth

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

Some Christmas cheer for the NHS?

A little bit of Christmas cheer might be in the offing for the NHS in George Osborne’s Autumn Statement after he announced additional funding of anything up to £2bn for the NHS in 2015-16 on Sunday...

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Anita Charlesworth

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