Catalyst or distraction? The evolution of devolution in the English NHS

Author Christina Heap
Posted 2016.04.12 Comments 0

‘Devolution’ – the transfer of power from a higher to a lower level of government – is high on the political agenda in England, and looks likely to remain so for the course of this parliament at least. While recent interest in devolution within England has not specifically focused on health care, eight local Devolution Deals that include aspects of health care have been agreed or announced in 2015 and the first part of 2016 alone.

Focusing primarily on devolution in the NHS, this report by the Health Foundation considers the potential implications for health and care outcomes in England and how policy could best evolve.

It draws on analysis of the Devolution Deals agreed to date, relevant literature, and international experience with a focus on four European decentralised health systems.

To download the full report visit The Health Foundation's website.