Demand for hospital services outstripping NHS funding – King’s Fund Report

Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, said: ‘The NHS is treating more patients than ever before, which is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of its staff. However, our analysis provides more evidence that the health system is buckling under the strain of trying to meet rising demand and maintain standards of care within constrained resources.

‘With the gap between funding and hospital activity set to grow over the next few years, the NHS needs to do everything it can to moderate demand for hospital care. We know that some of this demand can be avoided if alternative services are available – the challenge is to provide the right care in the right place at the right time and to ensure hospitals are only used when necessary and appropriate.

‘This means increasing investment in community services to provide more care closer to people’s homes and focusing on prevention to reduce the need for treatment in the first place. Successive governments have promised this over the years but fallen well short of their ambitions. This time failure is not an option, which is why it is essential to grasp the opportunity provided by sustainability and transformation plans to implement fundamental changes to the delivery of health services.’

Read the press release and full report

https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/press/press-releases/demand-hospital-services-outstripping-NHS-funding

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