NHS winter pressures are becoming an all year reality, warn experts

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The type of intense extra workload pressure often experienced by the NHS in winter has become a year long experience, say experts responding to the publication of the latest official data on the performance of the NHS in England.

NHS England’s combined performance summary data show an NHS that is missing many of its targets and hitting new record lows for performance in some areas.

News from The Kings Fund: 14 October

How is the NHS performing? October 2011 quarterly monitoring report
This report concludes that many NHS hospitals will struggle to deliver productivity improvements essential to maintaining quality and avoid significant cuts to services. It looks behind national figures for waiting times and infection rates to find significant variations in performance between hospitals.

Statements on the Health and Social Care Bill: second reading

The Health and Social Care Bill had its second reading on 11 October 2011.

Please see below for a selection of comments and statements on this.

Achievement of foundation trust status by NHS hospital trusts
This report finds that the difficulty of achieving foundation trust status is magnified by the challenge trusts face in making year-on-year cost savings of at least four per cent. It concludes that many trusts will have to achieve even greater savings than this to show that they are financially viable.