The Health Select Committee, chaired by Dr Sarah Wollaston, have addressed the much-debated question about whether the NHS has enough funding for sustainability. The main concern is about cuts to local authority budgets for social care (and public health). The open letter.
“The most urgent priority for the Autumn Statement is to increase funding for social care”. Richard Murray (King’s Fund).
“The Autumn Statement is an opportunity for the government to take immediate action to support social care”. Anita Charlesworth (Health Foundation).
NHS funds need urgent boost, say MPs. London: BBC Health News, October 31st 2016.
Litigation Risks For Councils?
“councils [are] struggling to meet their statutory duties under the Care Act, including promoting well-being and providing high quality care to elderly and disabled people”. Richard Humphries (King’s Fund).
Councils risk ‘legal action over care cuts’. London: BBC Health News, November 8th 2016.
Both Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society have criticised rationing in adult social care and the quality of care for the elderly:
Triggle, N. [and] Rhodes, D. (2016). Elderly failed by ‘shameful’ care system. London: BBC Health News, November 17th 2016.
The Health Foundation has projected an NHS funding shortfall of around £16 billion by 2030/31 without considering the impact of leaving the EU.
Earlier analysis of NHS funding, asserting a funding shortfall which could reach £16 billion by 2030/31:
Briefing: NHS finances outside the EU: Health Foundation analysis of the impact on NHS finances of the UK leaving the European Union. London: Health Foundation, July 4th 2016.
Lafond, S. Charlesworth, A. [and] Roberts, A. (2016). A perfect storm: an impossible climate for NHS providers’ finances? An analysis of NHS finances and factors associated with financial performance. London: Health Foundation, February 29th 2016.
A recent briefing from the King’s Fund:
Dunn, P. McKenna, H. [and] Murray, R. (2016). Deficits in the NHS 2016. London: King’s Fund, July 8th 2016.
Delivering the NHS Five Year Forward View?
A related report, which suggests money for investment on planned improvements gets mis-directed into plugging holes in deficits and short-term funding gaps:
Ham, C. Buckley, T. [and] Baylis, A. (2016). Policy changes to implement the NHS five-year forward view: a progress report. London: King’s Fund, October 27th 2016.
Related commentary / press release:
Buckley, T. (2016). Lack of investment in new services puts NHS plan at risk. London: King’s Fund, October 26th 2016.
This relates to a briefing addressing the state of social care in the Autumn Statement:
The Autumn Statement: joint statement on health and social care. London: King’s Fund, Health Foundation [and] Nuffield Trust, November 2016.
Pym, H. (2016). NHS funding and rationing: the debate intensifies. London: BBC Health News, October 31st 2016.
Predictable threats of rising waiting times, rationing and NHS staff cuts (‘twas ever thus?):
Triggle, N. (2016). Patients ‘will suffer unless NHS budget rises’. [Subsequent title = NHS £8bn budget plan ‘not enough’, say hospital bosses]. London: BBC Health News, November 18th 2016.
More Funding For Mental Health?
The campaign group Equality 4 Mental Health (backed by nine former health secretaries), headed by Alastair Campbell, Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb and Conservative Andrew Mitchell, has called for assurances that extra money will be received by mental health services.
Nine ex-health secretaries ‘dismayed’ at mental health services. London: BBC Health News, November 18th 2016.