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2013-01-23 10:34:04

40 percent of girls born now expected to reach this milestone How long can we expect to live? An article from John Appleby, Chief Economist at the Kings Fund, published on bmj.com today brings attention to the rising amount of those expected to live to 100 and asks where it will end. According to the Office of National Statistics there seems to be "no end in sight" as far as the number of UK citizens reaching 100 years old is concerned. Approximately 13% of girls born in 1951 are...

2012-09-19 12:00:21

Is there equal pay in healthcare? Not if you are a doctor According to the latest survey of UK hourly pay by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) female doctors' pay lags behind their male colleagues by 28.6%. This "eye opener" pay gap, which trends suggest has stood at around 25% on average since 2000, remains largely inexplicable, says John Appleby, Chief Economist at the King's Fund, in an article published on bmj.com today. He explores possible reasons for this persistent...

2012-06-20 12:08:36

Data briefing: A productivity challenge too far? Asking the NHS to find nearly £50 billion in efficiency savings would be "frankly undoable" says John Appleby, Chief Economist at the King's Fund, in an article published on bmj.com today. The NHS is under pressure to achieve £20bn of efficiency savings by 2015, but senior government figures have warned that total savings of £50bn may need to be found by 2019-20. Appleby warns that the NHS could be "setting itself up for...

2012-04-18 13:39:42

40p minimum price would prevent over 1,000 deaths Government plans to impose a minimum price of 40p per unit of alcohol will have "significant impacts" including a 38,900 reduction in hospital admissions, a 1,149 reduction in deaths and a cut in alcohol consumption by 2.4%, says John Appleby, Chief Economist at the King's Fund, in an article published on bmj.com today. A 50p minimum price would more than double all these effects, while an economic recession has even greater "sobering"...

2011-07-13 13:26:20

Data briefing: Can we afford the NHS in future? England's health secretary Andrew Lansley has said that if England keeps on spending on health at the current rate, the NHS will be unaffordable in 20 years' time. But in an article published on bmj.com today, John Appleby, Chief Economist at the King's Fund argues that spending on health will be a matter of choice, not affordability. In an article for the Daily Telegraph in June, Andrew Lansley said (referring to England): "If things carry on...

2011-05-25 14:17:16

Data briefing: What's happening to NHS spending across the UK? In Wales, the NHS is set for a real budget cut of nearly 11% over four years, while England escapes the deepest cuts across the four nations, according to John Appleby, Chief Economist at the King's Fund on bmj.com today. In much of the discussion and debate about health care spending and reform, the "N" in NHS seems often to stand for England, writes Appleby. Yet around 10 million people in the UK do not live in England or use...

2011-03-23 13:27:46

Data briefing: How satisfied are we with the NHS? Public satisfaction with the NHS is at a record high, says John Appleby, Chief Economist at the King's Fund, in an article published on bmj.com today. It follows a report in the Observer newspaper accusing England's Health Secretary Andrew Lansley of "burying" similar survey results because they undermine his case for urgent radical reforms. The latest British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey reports that 64% of the British public are either very...

2011-03-02 13:47:00

Data briefing: What's happening to waiting times? Have the suspension of central performance management of the 18 week referral to treatment target, and a relaxation of the four hour Accident and Emergency target, changed waiting times asks John Appleby, Chief Economist at the King's Fund in this week's BMJ? The English National Health Service was once notorious for its excessive waiting times. In December 1999, nearly 160,000 patients were still waiting over six months for their first...

2011-01-28 12:23:24

Data briefing: Does poor health justify NHS reform? England's health secretary Andrew Lansley has said that his reforms for the NHS are needed because the country's health outcomes are among the poorest in Europe. But in an article published on bmj.com today, John Appleby, Chief Economist at the King's Fund, reviews the data and finds the UK in better health than Lansley suggests. It has been claimed that despite spending the same on health care, we suffer twice the rate of deaths from heart...

2010-08-18 13:07:17

Head to head: Should the NHS budget be ring fenced? Is the government's decision to ring fence NHS funding fair? Two experts debate the issue on bmj.com today. John Appleby, Chief Economist at the King's Fund argues that the alternative to ring fencing is too painful. "If the NHS were not protected it would have to find cuts amounting to around 14% of its budget (equivalent to £18bn) over the next few years," he writes. He suggests the NHS could achieve this by cutting staff pay by 30%,...


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