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Social care funding: complex but not impossible

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

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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Will the third Covid-19 wave overwhelm the NHS?

Blog post 26/07/2021Sarah Scobie

Covid-19 restrictions in England may now have been lifted, but it is very clear that the pandemic is not yet over. The numbers of people admitted to hospital have been increasing in recent weeks, as have deaths from the virus. This explainer from Sarah Scobie looks at what the third wave might mean...

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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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Capping the costs: what are the lessons from the German social care system?

Blog post 12/07/2021Laura Schlepper

With a possible cap on costs taking centre stage in the debate over England's social care reforms, Laura Schlepper outlines the social care cap currently in place in Germany. What can we learn from the German funding system and the decisions which led to it?

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Plans for social care reform must not leave unpaid carers out in the cold

Blog post 02/07/2021Dr Charlotte Paddison

Seven in 10 unpaid carers have provided more care during the pandemic, but at what cost to them? As the debate about social care reform continues to focus on a potential cap on care costs, Charlotte Paddison argues that unpaid carers must not be forgotten.

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Will the NHS be on the table for a Pacific trade deal?

Blog post 28/06/2021Mark Dayan | Martha McCarey

Long read: Only six months since it left the EU single market, talks have begun for the UK to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. Mark Dayan and Martha McCarey look at the key ways in which joining the CPTPP could affect health in this cou...

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The Brexit referendum five years on: what has it meant for the NHS?

Blog post 23/06/2021Mark Dayan

Five years on from the Brexit vote, Mark Dayan looks back at the main claims that were made about the NHS before the referendum took place. Which have been proven right and which have proven to be unfounded?

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Seven points of action to help address Northern Ireland's waiting list woes

Blog post 04/06/2021Mark Dayan | Prof. Deirdre Heenan

The waiting list for planned admission to hospital or a first outpatient appointment in Northern Ireland has reached almost 450,000, equivalent to almost a quarter of the population. Deirdre Heenan and Mark Dayan set out seven points of action for tackling the growing waiting list. This blog was ori...

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What impact has Covid-19 had on cancer services?

Blog post 27/05/2021Jenny Davies

We look at changes in activity in cancer services during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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