QMR 16 | July 2015

How is the NHS performing?

  • “Rising costs, cuts in the payments they receive for treating patients and increasing demand make 2015/16 the most challenging year for NHS providers this century.”

    John Appleby, Chief Economist
  • 66%
    66% of trusts are forecasting a deficit by the end of 2015/16 – the highest proportion since we began surveying in 2011.
  • 75%
    Three-quarters of NHS trust finance directors are planning to increase the number of permanent nursing staff in the next six months.
  • 71k In the last quarter, 71,382 patients (7.2%) waited for more than four hours to be admitted into hospital from A&E – the highest number at this time of year for more than a decade.

  • 1 in 10 Only 1 in 10 NHS trust finance directors think that new controls will significantly reduce spending on agency staff.

  • 47% Less than half of mental health trusts are confident that commissioners will increase their funding in line with government commitments.