2014: Cause for concern

Our second annual statement, Cause for concern, offers an independent assessment of the current quality of NHS health and social care services in England. We observe that while care quality has improved since a decade ago, the last year has seen progress in some areas slow down or begin to reverse.


The quality of health and social care services in England continues to be subject to intense scrutiny and debate.


See a visual summary of our annual statement, including statistics on mental health, access, staff stress, inequalities and international comparisons.

Dr Jennifer Dixon, Chief Executive, The Health Foundation - photo
A key test of any health system is how it cares for the most vulnerable in society.
Ian Blunt, Senior Research Analyst, The Nuffield Trust - photo
The QualityWatch annual statement offers a complex picture of overall improvement with notable lapses in quality.
Some significant improvements in the quality of healthcare made over the past decade are starting to go into reverse, our report finds.