Health and care policy analysis The latest publications, briefings and blogs about health and social care policy and strategy


We regularly publish insights and analysis relating to policy and performance in health and social care in the UK, as well as comparisons with other international health systems.

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Cummings, cognitive bias, and the NHS

17 February 2020

Jennifer Dixon looks to Dominic Cummings’ blog and asks whether further reform of England’s largest organisation could be in the sights of the new government.

Improving health by tackling market failure

Long read

This long read explores what market failure is, its relevance for health, and how the government might intervene to improve the population’s health.

If major reform of the NHS is on the horizon, can we fly less blind to its impact this time?

12 December 2019

Can encouraging competition for clinical care improve performance in the NHS?

Health priorities for the new government

9 December 2019

Our infographic showing what we think is needed from the new government to ensure a healthier population, supported by high quality health and social care.

Public perceptions of health and social care

December 2019

This Ipsos MORI survey, conducted on behalf of the Health Foundation for the 2019 General Election, found people are willing to pay more tax to maintain and improve health and social care.

'Hospital mergers increase death and harm'? Not so fast…

Working paper
November 2019

This paper examines the claims made in the CMA working paper on the impact of hospital competition on rates of patient harm in the English NHS

What did the Conservative manifesto promise on health and care?

28 November 2019

Tim Gardner reflects on the health and care policies set out in the Conservative manifesto

Health and social care: how does Labour’s manifesto stack up?

26 November 2019

Hugh Alderwick reflects on the health and care policies set out in the Labour manifesto

NHS performance and waiting times

Long read

We explore how the NHS in England is performing and set out priorities for the next government.

What does the Liberal Democrats' manifesto mean for health and care?

21 November 2019

Hugh Alderwick reflects on the health and care policies set out in the Liberal Democrat manifesto

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