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Chart of the week: How much of the health and care levy will social care receive and what is this intended to do?

Data story 10/09/2021

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week, Camille Oung looks at how much funding social care in England will receive from the new health and care levy. Will social care’s share realistically be enough for what it’s meant t...

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Checking the NHS’s reality: the true state of the health service’s finances

Blog post 20/08/2021Sally Gainsbury

Sally Gainsbury takes a forensic look at the current NHS finances – showing how trusts in England are on course to spend almost £5 billion more in the next financial year than was anticipated when funding levels were set. She argues that a heavy dose of realism is needed ahead of the new spending...

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Nuffield Trust: Covid and backlog pressure on NHS causing alarming situation in emergency care

Press release 12/08/2021Nuffield Trust

Sarah Scobie responds to the latest NHS monthly performance statistics.

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After the dust settles: some overlooked and underappreciated aspects of the NHS pay settlement

Blog post 11/08/2021Billy Palmer

The recent NHS pay settlement in England alluded to the importance of recognising the extraordinary efforts of health service staff during the Covid-19 crisis. But how well does the settlement actually reflect the pandemic? Billy Palmer takes a closer look at what was agreed, what it might mean for...

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Nuffield Trust: NHS trusts face unfunded spending pressures of £5bn in coming year

Press release 08/08/2021

Forthcoming analysis provided exclusively to the Observer warns it is more realistic to assume it could take at least 5 years to close the financial gap.

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Social care funding: complex but not impossible

Blog post 02/08/2021Laura Schlepper | Natasha Curry

Debate over social care reform in England continues to focus on funding, with the recent suggestion of a rise in national insurance contributions the latest to seemingly become politically difficult. So is a solution to this thorny issue impossible? Natasha Curry and Laura Schlepper argue that count...

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Public perceptions of the NHS in 2020

Blog post 30/07/2021Dan Wellings | John Appleby

The British Social Attitudes survey has provided years of insight into public perceptions of the NHS. In 2020, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the survey asked only one question about health and care issues. Here, Dan Wellings and John Appleby share the data collected.

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Chart of the week: Are hospitals returning to pre-Covid activity levels?

Data story 22/07/2021

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. The latest guidance states that hospitals should aim to deliver at least 95% of the services they delivered before the pandemic, measured against the value of services delivered in the same month...

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Will the new Health and Care Bill privatise the NHS?

Blog post 15/07/2021Mark Dayan | Helen Buckingham

MPs this week have been debating the new Health and Care Bill, with some expressing concerns that it could lead to ‘privatising’ the NHS. Mark Dayan and Helen Buckingham take a closer look at this contentious issue, and argue that a major piece of legislation might avoid much-needed scrutiny due...

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Second Reading of the Health and Care Bill

Briefing 14/07/2021

The 2021-22 Health and Care Bill is the biggest legislative overhaul of the NHS presented to the House of Commons for a decade. This briefing presents the key points and issues on which we believe MPs should provide scrutiny.

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