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 REAL Challenge: Beyond crystal balls and COVID-19

16 October 2020

Join us online for the inaugural REAL Challenge Lecture by Sir Andrew Dilnot which will outline how some of the key challenges in health and social care are exacerbated by a short-termist approach, an...

Rebuilding the nation’s health requires far more than just infrastructure investment

Press release
30 June 2020

Health Foundation's response to the Prime Minister’s announcement of plans to ‘build back better’ in the wake of coronavirus.

Legacy of political neglect had left social care fatally exposed before the outbreak began

Press release
18 June 2020

Health Foundation response to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Budget Survey 2020.

The social care funding gap – our updated estimates and figures explained

9 June 2020

This update gives revised estimates for the social care funding gap and sets out how and why our estimates have changed over time.

Social care: funding and workforce

Consultation response
June 2020

Health Foundation submission to the Health and Social Care Select Committee inquiry on how much extra money is needed in each of the next five years to counteract the impact of a shortage of care on t...

What does the Budget mean for health and social care?

16 March 2020

Anita Charlesworth explores the contrasts at the heart of the March Budget and the implications for the NHS and social care.

The NAO has sounded a warning bell on the financial sustainability of the NHS

Press release
5 February 2020

Health Foundation response to National Audit Office's reports on NHS Financial Management and Sustainability.

Social care can ill afford further limitations on recruitment from abroad

Press release
28 January 2020

Health Foundation response to the Migration Advisory Committee's report on a future immigration system.

The three main parties are offering different visions of what the public can expect from the NHS

Press release
29 November 2019

Health Foundation analysis of parties’ NHS and social care funding pledges for the 2019 General Election.

The incoming government must ensure migration policy is not a barrier to recruiting nurses from abroad

Press release
28 November 2019

Health Foundation response to NHS Vacancy Statistics for England.

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