Demand for hospital services outstripping NHS funding

The number of admissions to hospital are rising steeply and are outstripping increases in the NHS budget, according to new analysis published today by The King’s Fund.

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Image source: The King’s Fund

The analysis finds that admissions to hospital have increased by 3.6 per cent a year since 2003/4. In contrast, real terms increases in NHS funding have shrunk to an average of just 1.2 per cent a year since 2010/11, compared to average increases of 4.8 per cent a year between 2003/4 and 2010/11 (1).

Detailed analysis of hospital activity data over the past 13 years shows that:

  • emergency admissions from major A&E departments have increased by an average of 4.3 per cent a year since 2003/4
  • attendances at outpatient clinics have risen by an average of 3.8 per cent a year since 2007/8
  • admissions for planned treatment have increased by an average of 4.3 per cent a year since 2003/4.

Read the full overview here

Read the full report here

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