The NHS and social care systems are facing significant financial challenges as a consequence of the ageing and growing population. Although health spending has been protected relative to other public services, there are concerns that increasing demand, and pressure on local authority social care budgets, are impacting  on NHS performance and threatening the financial stability and sustainability of the health and social care systems. 

NHS key funding trends 1

NHS key funding trends 2

The have been a range of briefings on NHS and social care funding in England, and the current pressures they face, including the following briefings from the Commons Library:

Further reading:

Secretary of State for Health, Statement to the Commons on mental health and NHS performance update (9 January 2017):

Letter to Prime Minister from Chairs of Select Committees on NHS and social care funding (6 January 2017):

Blog from Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of NHS Providers (11 January 2017):

BBC News, NHS conditions worst ever, say leading nurses (11 January 2017):

NAO, Financial sustainability of the NHS (22 November 2016):

Health Select Committee Inquiry: Department of Health and NHS Funding

Health Select Committee Report: Impact of the Spending Review on health and social care, July 2016

Health Committee Report: Public Health Post – 2013 – Structures, organisation,  funding and delivery inquiry, August 2016

Public Accounts Committee Inquiry: Financial Sustainability of the NHS

Public Accounts Committee Report: Sustainability and financial performance of acute hospital trusts inquiry, May 2016 

Lords Select Committee: Long Term Sustainability of the NHS