The NHS Confederation (NHS England) have published a briefing on the ‘Maintaining reciprocal healthcare for patients after Brexit‘. The paper is produced by the Brexit Health Alliance, and aims to explain what the implications would be if reciprocal healthcare arrangements were to be discontinued after Brexit.
The House of Commons Library have produced a briefing on the reconfiguration of the NHS in England. The papers looks at the structure of the NHS in England, recent policy developments, information on consultation and scrutiny powers and drivers of major service changes.
The King’s Fund have published a report on what the public think of the NHS. The report is on the NHS in England and explores what the public think the NHS is for, how this has changed over time and what drives the relationship between the public and the NHS. The report also looks at views on the balance of responsibility for health between the individual and the NHS.
The Public Health Matters blog from Public Health England features a post from the organisation’s Chief Economist, Brian Ferguson. The post is entitled ‘Making the case for prevention‘ and proposes an economic case for focussing resources on prevention. The post also highlights the Health Economics Evidence Resource (HEER) tool highlighted in a previous post. HEER will be launched at the Public Health England annual conference.
Public Health England have developed a health economic evidence resource (HEER) tool to show the key cost-effectiveness and return on investment evidence on public health activities. The tool is designed to provide an initial ‘snapshot’ of the economic evidence underpinning public health interventions. There are nine areas of public health activity including obesity and physical activity; alcohol misuse; and smoking and tobacco use. Short summaries of the intervention and a link to the original source are included.
The Nuffield Trust have published a briefing on the underlying state of the NHS finances in England. The briefing claims that the Department of Health figures on the performance of the NHS hide financial difficulties in the separate hospitals and provider trusts.
The Lancet has an editorial highlighting an article in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health which identified economic and health disparities between the north and south of England. The article reported that in past 20 years overall mortality is 20% higher in the north of England than in the south. The Lancet editorial concludes that UK government policy reports have not been an incentive for hard action.