As a recent user of the NHS at one step removed, the inadequacy of current funding is all too apparent. Now the NHS Confederation has done the sums and worked out that by 2020 the Service will require £30 billions more than at present because of changes in medical technology, the growing population base, and the ageing of that population.

The attached info-graphic from the NHS confederation sets out visually the strategic impact this NHS funding chasm could have and indicates the broad areas where health and care services may need to change to meet this crisis.

NHS Finance infographic

The Confederation suggests that in order the fill this funding gap a transformation of services across both the NHS and the care sector is required which needs to be planned now to stop this becoming true by 2020.