The Covid-19 pandemic has rapidly accelerated a trend of decline in access to and outcomes in healthcare. This situation means that people who have the means to do so are opting for faster, private care, creating a two-tier healthcare system.
However, IPPR polling shows that near-universal public support remains for retaining a universal, free, comprehensive and tax-funded NHS. The public highly values the principles of the NHS as a system that universalises the benefits of the best healthcare and shares the cost across the population.
This report by The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think tank proposes policies based on three aims: recovery, building back better and increased sustainability facing an uncertain future.