NHS performance

The King’s Fund has published The NHS under the coalition government Part two: NHS performance. It draws on surveys of patient and staff experience; access to care as measured by waiting times; and data on outcomes, safety and quality of care. The report concludes with an analysis of NHS productivity and financial performance between 2010 and 2015, and an assessment of its prospects in the next parliament and beyond.

Additional link: BBC news report

Scarlet Fever

The latest weekly Health Protection Report published by Public Health England has continued to show a high number of scarlet fever notifications across England, with 5746 reported cases since September 2014. High levels of scarlet fever continue to be notified in England, with current weekly totals exceeding the record levels seen at this point last season (2013/14). Steep weekly increases continue to be reported across the country as the peak season for scarlet fever approaches, with sentinel surveillance of GP consultations also showing escalating rates of consultations.

End of life care

The House of Commons Health Select Committee has published its fifth report focused on End of Life Care.  The Committee looked at the state of end of life care since the independent Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway, and found great variation in quality and practice across both acute and community settings.  The report makes a number of recommendations for improvement, and in particular recommends that social care should be free at the end of life.

Additional links: Commons Select Committee press release    BBC News report