State of health and care 2022

Think tank: IPPR

Author(s): Chris Thomas; Parth Patel; Victoria Poku-Amanfo

March 2, 2022

This report from UK think tank IPPR looks at a crossroads in England’s health and social care systems and outcomes.

England has a number of new health and care leaders, who stand at a defining crossroads. The pandemic has rapidly accelerated an existing trend of decline in access and outcomes. This is creating the conditions for an ‘opt-out’ by those who have the means – embedding a two-tier system. There is near-universal public support for retaining a universal, free, comprehensive and tax-funded NHS. Our polling shows a consensus in public support for the basic principles of the NHS as a system that universalises the benefits of the best healthcare and shares the cost across the population. We propose policies designed to better live with Covid-19, to help build back better and to help prepare for the future. Our proposals are based on three aims: recovery, building back better and increased sustainability facing an uncertain future.