• 26/05/2017 • Mark Dayan
"Why is the NHS in crisis?" is one of the most-googled questions on the NHS this election. But is it? As part of our partnership with Full Fact during this campaign, Mark Dayan looks at the evidence.
• 22/05/2017 • John Appleby | Sally Gainsbury
We set out different scenarios about possible future spending on the NHS in England including an analysis and comparison of the latest pledges from the three main parties' manifestos.
Nigel Edwards comments on the Conservatives' announcement that a Conservative government would include a cap on care costs in a social care green paper.
The NHS in England cannot close its funding gap, cope with increased demand and sustain high quality care with any of the funding pledges made by the three major political parties.
The pledge of a further £8 billion by 2022/23 does not get us to a long term funding settlement to support the principles of a comprehensive National Health Service.
The Liberal Democrats have pledged to raise income tax across the board in order to give the NHS and adult social care ‘an extra £6 billion a year’ above existing spending plans.
While the £30 billion sum will provide a welcome relief in the short term, in three or four years’ time a funding gap will re-emerge as NHS costs continue to rise.
Candace Imison agrees with the NHS Providers that staffing issues in the NHS need to be central to the 2017 election.
Tim Farron promises to increase funding for the NHS and social care and create an independent body to monitor health spending.
• 03/05/2017 • Nigel Edwards
Nigel Edwards outlines three core issues facing the NHS that politicians may want to keep in mind during the short campaign.