The Welsh NHS is under pressure. The costs of providing care are set to increase; driven by the combination of an ageing population, advances in technologies creating new treatments, and patient expectations of the responsiveness of the service. At the same time, the UK Government is trying to reduce deficits and debt in public finances, with the result that the available resource is under pressure.
In this project, we worked with the Health Foundation and the Wales Institute for Health and Social Care (WIHSC) to look at the implications of this for Wales. The Health Foundation are modelling the likely ‘funding gap’; WIHSC is looking at what the Prudent Healthcare Agenda might do to close this gap and we, in partnership with Wales Public Services 2025, are looking at the potential contribution of efficiency savings.