Long reads Read the latest long reads from the Health Foundation on health care improvement, sustainability, health policy, data analytics and population health

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Our long reads present research and analysis from areas of work in an interactive format. You can read them online or download for later.

Returning NHS waiting times to 18 weeks for routine treatment

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In January 2020 there was a backlog of over 1,000,000 patients awaiting elective surgery which needed to be cleared to acheive the 18-week standard. As a result of COVID-19, and without radical interv...

Will COVID-19 be a watershed moment for health inequalities?

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the wider governmental and societal response, have brought health inequalities into sharp focus.

Improving health by tackling market failure

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This long read explores what market failure is, its relevance for health, and how the government might intervene to improve the population’s health.

What the quality of work means for our health

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Read about how the quantity and quality of employment has changed over the last 10 years, and the implications this has for health and public policy.

Health and social care workforce

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We explore the health and social care workforce, how shortages are impacting on services and set out key priorities for the next government.

Health and social care funding

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We explore the level of funding that the next government will need to commit to in order to maintain current standards or improve services, and set out priorities.

NHS performance and waiting times

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We explore how the NHS in England is performing and set out priorities for the next government.

The nation's health

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We explore worrying trends that have emerged in the UK’s health in recent years and set out priorities for the next government to create a healthier UK society.

International comparisons of capital in health care: why is the UK falling behind?

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This long read raises questions about why the UK is lagging far behind other countries when it comes to the value of health care capital, and explores concerns about the possible implications for staf...

Harnessing data and technology for public health: five challenges

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This long read sets out five challenges that the government needs to address if it is to harness the full potential of data and technology, and offers a suggestion to help address each.

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