QMR 17 | October 2015

How is the NHS performing?

  • “With winter approaching, the NHS faces a toxic mix of widespread deficits, rising waiting times and low staff morale. ”

    John Appleby, Chief Economist
  • 88%
    88% of acute trusts are forecasting a deficit by the end of 2015/16.
  • 9 in 10 9 in 10 NHS trust finance directors feel that cuts in local authority social care budgets are adversely affecting NHS services.

  • 1.7% Compared to June 2014, there has been an increase in NHS staff of more than 18,305 full-time equivalent posts (1.7%).

  • 27% 27% of NHS trust finance directors say caps on agency spending will affect their ability to ensure safe staffing levels.

  • 5,000 More than 5,000 patients experienced delays in being discharged from hospital at the end of August – the highest level at this time of year since 2007.