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Office for Budget Responsibility -
This paper reviews the latest evidence on the demographic and non-demographic determinants of health spending in the UK and its implications for the Office for Budget Responsbility's long-term health spending projection. It finds that demographic effects have explained only a small part of the increase in health spending over past decades and that they are likely to remain a relatively small, although growing, driver of spending in the future.
House of Commons Public Accounts Committee -
This report concludes that much remains to be done to secure urgently needed improvements in mental health services. The Committee finds pressure on the NHS budget will make it very difficult to achieve 'parity of esteem' between mental and physical health and that this is a task "for the whole of government".
Royal College of Physicians -
This report argues that the NHS in 2016 needs a new plan, designed to meet the UK’s health and care needs in the long term, and to value, support and motivate NHS staff. This would include an increase in the amount of funding and an increase in the number of medical students and doctors training to be hospital specialists.
The King's Fund -
This report, based on work commissioned by the National Housing Federation from The King’s Fund and the New NHS Alliance, looks at the economic case for closer working between the housing and health sectors. The authors demonstrate how housing associations provide a wide range of services that produce health benefits, which can both reduce demand on the NHS and create social value. The report concludes that there is no one piece of economic analysis that will persuade health providers or commissioners to work with or commission housing associations. However, the case studies in the report illustrate the economic benefits that housing association can provide.
MindMetre Research -
This briefing contains an assessment of the importance and impact of improving laboratory test turnaround time in the acute care sector. The authors consider whether this is an area that should be better funded and prioritised?
Who knows best? Older people’s contribution to understanding and preventing avoidable hospital admissions
University of Birmingham -
The authors of this report interviewed 104 older people, exploring their experiences of emergency admissions. The research focused on whether the older people felt it was appropriate to be admitted to hospital and whether they thought anything could have prevented their admission. The findings of this study confirm the belief that older people have an important role to play in helping understand the nature of emergency admissions and to devise appropriate responses to their rising numbers. The report concludes that ignoring this expertise could be detrimental to ensuring older people get the appropriate care they need.