NHS funding

Funding increases of around 4% a year above inflation are needed to ensure the quality of care and meet rising pressures, which is significantly higher than current plans


The NHS needs adequate funding to meet rising demand and costs but funding has increased at historically low levels in the past decade.

We conduct research and analysis of NHS finances and funding to inform policymaking and ensure the debate is evidence-based and focused on the future.

The NHS has a new long-term plan but this is not 'job done'

Press release
18 January 2019

The Health Foundation has responded to the publication of the NAO's annual report on the financial sustainability of the NHS.

Renewed focus on community care is welcome, but change won't happen simply by moving money around

Press release
22 November 2018

Health Foundation response to Government's announcement of £3.5bn a year funding for primary and community healthcare by 2023/4.

Funding challenges of the social care system in England

Consultation response
November 2018

Our response to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee inquiry into the funding challenges of the social care system in England.

Consultancy support for the development of a Health and Social Care Sustainability Research Centre

Invitation to tender
12 November 2018

We are seeking a supplier to help us scope and present options for the precise role of, and the commissioning and running of, the proposed Health and Social Care Sustainability Research Centre the Hea...

Productivity in the NHS

Journal article
9 November 2018

Earlier this year, the prime minister announced a financial settlement for the NHS over the next five years of 3.4% real terms growth, or £20.5bn (€23bn; $27bn) a year by 2023-24.1 Although greater th...

Budget 2018: £1bn real terms cut to wider health budget

31 October 2018

The Health Foundation yesterday released analysis following the budget, which included calculations of what the budgets will be in the coming years for NHS England and the wider Department of Health a...

Response to the Autumn Budget 2018

Press release
31 October 2018

Day to day spending on the wider health budget will fall by £1bn in real terms next year.

How much has the backlog in maintenance of NHS estates increased?

30 October 2018

October 2018 chart of the month. Since 2013/14, the maintenance backlog for NHS hospitals has risen substantially, with most of this from an increase in high and significant risk backlog.

Demand for adult social care services has increased by 1.6% since 2015-16

Press release
23 October 2018

Health Foundation response to NHS Digital data on Adult Social Care and Finance Activity

Health and Social Care Sustainability Research Centre

18 October 2018

This a new specialist unit within the Health Foundation that will work with a network of external academic partners to produce independent projections, research and analysis, strongly rooted in robust...

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