The following review of NHS performance by the King’s Fund finds that waiting times for A&E, cancer care and routine operations have been deteriorating recently, and that Trust deficits are increasing in scale and extent.
The report analyses NHS productivity and financial performance between 2010 and 2015, and discusses future prospects. It appears the NHS is pushing the limits (according to this analysis), and there are indications that staff morale may be on the decline. Patient and public satisfaction remain high.
A substantial NHS deficit will occur in the final year of the current parliament, despite extra funding injections during 2014/15 and even though funding has increased in real terms since 2010 more than planned. All-too familiar territory.
“ …assessing the performance of any health service is an inexact science for many reasons”.
Appleby, J.Baird, B. Thompson, J. [and] Jabbal, J. (2015). The NHS under the coalition government. Part two: NHS performance . London: The King’s Fund, March 26th 2015.
There is an Executive Summary.
There is also an online presentation.
Part One of this report was about NHS Reform.
BBC News comment and analysis:
Triggle, N. (2015). NHS problems ‘at their worst since 1990s’. London: BBC Health News, March 26th 2015.
Performance dropped to the lowest level for a decade (according to one narrow measure), as the NHS in England missed the four-hour A&E waiting time target over a three-month period.
Triggle, N. (2015). A&E waiting in England hits new worst level. London: BBC Health News, April 7th 2015.
See also, with specific reference to standards relating to cancer treatment:
Triggle, N. (2015). Is cancer care at a crossroads?. London: BBC Health News, March 25th 2015.
This relates to:
UK cancer survival rates “stuck in the 1990s” says charity. London: Macmillan Cancer Support, March 24th 2015.
July 2015 Update:
Triggle, N. (2015). Cancer diagnosis ‘within four weeks’ under new care plan. London: BBC Health News, July 19th 2015.
Cancelled Elective Operations
The number of cancelled elective operations and breaches of the relevant waiting-time standards have risen, but NHS England suggests these cancellations were relatively low given unprecedented demand.
Surge in cancelled operations in England. London: BBC Health News, May 15th 2015.