The King's Fund

Improving the allocation of health resources in England

  • Format: Printed copy
  • Author(s): David Buck, Anna Dixon
  • Publication date: 11 April 2013

While the principles behind resource allocation in the English NHS have changed little since the mid-1970s, the NHS has changed considerably. This paper argues that the resource allocation system needs to change accordingly.

The paper explores how the health resource allocation process and the formula on which it is based have changed over time, and how it will work from April 2013. It suggests some improvements that can be made to support a more coherent health and care system.