Regulators have demanded that hospitals and NHS trusts in England review their financial plans, because rising deficits indicate that existing plans are increasingly unaffordable.
Health regulator tells NHS trusts to ‘look again’ at finances. London: BBC Health News, August 4th 2015.
Pym, H. (2015). The health budget – under strain again. London: BBC Health News, July 22nd 2015.
Publication of detailed information on deficits appears to have been postponed until after the Party Conference season?
Triggle, N. (2015). NHS finances: Why we are being kept in the dark? London: BBC Health News, September 30th 2015.
The King’s Fund “Better value in the NHS: the role of changes in clinical practice” report suggests there are significant opportunities to achieve better value from the NHS budget.
Alderwick, H. Robertson, R. [and] Appleby, J. (2015). Better value in the NHS: the role of changes in clinical practice. London: King’s Fund, July 8th 2015.
There is also an Executive Summary.
A Transformation Fund: Yet More Spending to Save?
The King’s Fund and the Health Foundation have jointly expressed support for a Transformation Fund for the NHS in England. This well-intentioned proposal for a transformation fund would require an estimated £1.5 billion per year on top of £8 billion promised by the government by 2020, so could involve too much of a leap of faith.
Think tanks seek more investment for NHS. London: BBC Health News, July 22nd 2015.
This relates to:
Making change possible: a Transformation Fund for the NHS. London: King’s Fund and Health Foundation, July 15th 2015.
Passing Interest: the BMJ’s Too Much Medicine Campaign
“The BMJ’s Too Much Medicine campaign aims to highlight the threat to human health posed by overdiagnosis and the waste of resources on unnecessary care”.
Click here to view recent articles relating to the BMJ’s “Too Much Medicine” campaign.
Evidence of Financial Pressures
The CIPFA “Health of Health Finances” briefing report suggests that severe financial challenges in the NHS may require charging for some NHS services, such as GP consultations or emergency department attendances. The alternative could be to reduce certain NHS services.
The Health of Health Finances. CIPFA briefing. London: Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, July 30th 2015.