REAL Centre

Making health and care services more sustainable

Almost £17bn needed to clear backlog and treat expected rise in patients needing NHS hospital care

New analysis from the Health Foundation’s REAL Centre sets out the scale of the challenge facing government if it wants to clear the backlog in NHS care over the course of this parliament and return hospital waiting times to 18 weeks.

About the REAL Centre

The Health Foundation’s REAL Centre (Research and Economic Analysis for the Long term) provides independent analysis and research to support better long-term decision making in health and social care.

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Blog

What will it cost to get the NHS and social care on the road to recovery?

2 September 2021
Blog

REAL Centre economists estimate the levels of funding required to enable health and care services to...

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Data analysis

Waiting for care

Data analysis

How has the suspension of routine NHS care affected people’s health and wellbeing? This analysis...

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Blog

After the pandemic: recovery and reform

26 July 2021
Blog

What challenges do the NHS and social care system face over the long term? Charles Tallack rounds up...

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Briefing

The future of the NHS hospital payment system in England

July 2021
Briefing

The whole health service needs to recover well from COVID-19 and transform to meet the challenges of...

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Data analysis

At what level should social care costs be capped?

Data analysis

In this analysis we explore three different social care cap levels, and what they would mean for...

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Analysis

The most expensive breakfast in history

June 2021
Analysis

20 years on from the Wanless report, we look back on its origins, methodology, and impact, and...

Blog

If not now, when? The long overdue promise of social care reform

10 May 2021
Blog

Despite government promising to 'fix the crisis in social care once and for all', no plan to reform...

Data analysis

One year on: Three myths about COVID-19 that the data proved wrong

Data analysis

Three charts measuring 'years of life lost' that disprove three ‘myths’ that were prevalent at the...

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