King's Fund

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The King's Fund is an independent charity working in England to achieve the vision that the best possible health and care is available to all. They do this by: undertaking research and analysis – our ideas, expertise and evidence will shape policy and practice; developing individuals, teams and organisations – building capability to improve care; promoting understanding of the health and social care system; bringing people together – through events and networks – to learn, share knowledge and debate.


  • Jun.26.2018: The NHS at 70: Does the NHS need more money and how could we pay for it? The UK govt spends £150bn every year on health. This includes day-to-day funding for frontline NHS services, in addition to capital investments, staff training and public health activities. Even after taking account of inflation, this spending is twice what we spent less than 20 years ago at the start of the 2000s. But might the NHS still require more funding and, if it does, how could we find more money? Irritatingly, this report does not address what the money is spent on - surely this would be the first place to start? Otherwise, the assumption is that spending is just hunky dory. George Stoye, The King's Fund.


  • May.05.2018: Shock figures from top thinktank reveal extent of NHS crisis. The NHS has among the lowest per capita numbers of doctors, nurses and hospital beds in the western world, a new study of international health spending has revealed. The stark findings come from a new King’s Fund analysis of health data from 21 countries, collected by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development. They reveal that only Poland has fewer doctors and nurses than the UK, while only Canada, Denmark and Sweden have fewer hospital beds, and that Britain also falls short when it comes to scanners. The National Audit Office said in March that the NHS’s finances were “in a perilous state” and that the service was being hampered by having vacancies for 100,000 staff. Lord Darzi, a former Labour health minister, said last month that the NHS needed to receive a £50bn boost to its budget by 2020, taking it to £173bn. The Department of Health & Social Care said that the Commonwealth Fund, a global health thinktank, had ranked the NHS as the world’s best and most efficient health service. “As this analysis shows, spending on the NHS is in line with other European countries but it fails to acknowledge that funding is actually at record levels – £1.6bn is being invested in 2018-19, on top of a planned £10bn-a-year increase in its budget by 2020-21, with an extra £2bn and a further £150m for social care this year,” a spokeswoman said. Denis Campbell, The Guardian.