NHS Confederation to study health funding

The NHS Confederation, working alongside the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the Health Foundation, is to conduct a comprehensive study into the funding needs of the UK’s health and care systems for the next 15 years.

The first report, which will be presented at the NHS Confederation’s annual conference on 13-14 June, will summarise UK spending trends since 2002 with projections for funding requirements up until the year 2032, including an assessment of the scope for increased effectiveness and productivity to deliver best possible value for money.

The second report will be published towards the end of 2018 examining how well the NHS is performing relative to its principle of ‘providing a comprehensive service, which meets the needs of all’.

Once complete, the research will help inform political and public debate on the requirements of delivering a health and care system fit for the 21st century, and make comparisons between other countries and health care systems more accurate.

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation said: “As just about everyone recognises the pressures on the health and care system are becoming intolerable. Now is the time to have an objective assessment of what we need over the next 10 to 15 years to stimulate debate about what we as a society are willing to pay for and what we can expect from our health and care system. We see this important, independent assessment as a first step towards achieving a more rounded and considered debate about the long-term future of these vital services.”

Paul Johnson, director of the IFS, added: "With pressures on the NHS mounting, the public faces tough choices about the type and quality of health services that it wants in the future. Informing the choices over levels of funding, future requirements and ways of raising that funding is crucial. We are delighted to be working with the Health Foundation to help provide some of the necessary analysis."

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