The Barker Commission has asserted that the NHS and social care systems in England need to be merged, with a single ring-fenced budget, in the most radical overhaul since their creation in the 1940s. Proposals for new models of care funding are suggested.
Triggle, N. (2014). End unfair split between NHS and council care, review says. London: BBC Health News, September 4th 2014.
This relates to:
Barker, K. [and] Barker Commission (2014). A new settlement for health and social care: final report from the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England. London: Barker Commission [Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England] / The King’s Fund, September 4th 2014.
This report builds upon the earlier interim report:
Barker, K. Timmins, N. [et al] (2014). A new settlement for health and social care: interim report from the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England. London: Barker Commission [Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England] / The King’s Fund, August – September 2014.
A BBC News commentary on the suggested funding options for care reform proposals (which if adopted could cost an additional £3bn in 2016, rising to £5bn per year by 2025) :
Pym, H. (2014). Health reforms: who pays?. London: BBC Health News, September 5th 2014.
345 specialists have written to NHS England saying reduced funding for specialised operations and treatments NHS trusts provide, including some cancer care, could result in longer waiting lists and possibly avoidable deaths.
Proposed NHS hospital funding changes may lead to ‘avoidable deaths’. London: BBC Health News, December 24th 2014.
April 2016 King’s Fund Commentary
A King’s Fund briefing identifies three challenges for the NHS in England:
- Sustaining existing services and standards of care.
- Developing new and better models of care.
- Tackling challenges by reforming the NHS from within.
Ham, C. McKenna, H. [and] Dunn, P. (2016). Tackling the growing crisis in the NHS: an agenda for action. London: King’s Fund, April 7th 2016.