The King's Fund -
This report illustrates the pressures on NHS finances, with a quarter of NHS trust finance directors surveyed for the report expecting to overspend their budgets this year. Analysis of the data collected for the report shows that the nursing workforce increased by almost 9,000 over the past six months to nearly 315,000 – the highest on record. This underlines the choice facing hospitals: whether to balance the books or maintain quality of services, with many choosing to recruit more nurses despite their budgets being stretched to the limit. It warns that cracks are beginning to appear in NHS performance as a result of the growing financial pressures and rising demand for services.
Pharmacy Voice -
This cross-sector report urges the public and policy makers to look beyond general practice as the only alternative to hospital care. It highlights the political drive to address the extreme demand and fiscal pressure on the NHS by taking care out of hospital and into the community, but argues that this can only be successful if people have a clear understanding that GPs are not always the most appropriate first contact. It further argues that reducing demand is an imperative and that high street health specialists have a key role to play in tackling public health challenges like smoking and obesity.
Dr Foster Intelligence -
This report was written in response to recent criticism in the media and the healthcare world of the use of risk-adjusted mortality measures. The authors advocate a multidimensional approach to measuring healthcare – including the use of risk-adjusted mortality measures – as the best way of monitoring safety and improving quality.
The College of Emergency Medicine -
The College of Emergency Medicine convened a summit in March 2014 to bring together key policy makers, opinion formers and leaders in acute healthcare to develop solutions to the challenges and to strengthen the system for future service demands. This report contains the consensus recommendations of this summit. It lists recommendations to address the challenges and to build safer, more effective and efficient urgent and emergency care services for all patients.