Autumn 2017

Investigation into the cyber-attack on the NHS

On Friday 12 May 2017, there was a ransomware attack on thousands of private and public sector organisations across the world. In the UK, although the attack was not aimed specifically at the NHS, the NHS was particularly affected. According to reports some hospitals and GPs surgeries were unable to access patient data. This led … Read more

Mental health in prisons

Government does not know how many people in prison have a mental illness, how much it is spending on mental health in prisons or whether it is achieving its objectives. It is therefore hard to see how Government can be achieving value for money in its efforts to improve the mental health and well being of prisoners. In 2016 there were 40,161 incidents of self-harm in prisons and 120 self-inflicted deaths.

Prison Officer with a prisoner

Mental health in prisons

Government does not know how many people in prison have a mental illness, how much it is spending on mental health in prisons or whether it is achieving its objectives. It is therefore hard to see how Government can be achieving value for money in its efforts to improve the mental health and well being of prisoners. In 2016 there were 40,161 incidents of self-harm in prisons and 120 self-inflicted deaths.

Published:
29 Jun 2017
Winter 2017

NHS financial sustainability

The NAO’s November 2016 report on financial sustainability in the NHS highlighted a sharp deterioration in financial performance with providers increasingly reliant on financial support. The plan to close the estimated £22 billion gap in resources by 2020-21 had not been fully tested and there was a lack of incentives to support local NHS bodies … Read more

Spring 2018

Mental health services for children and young people

This study is part of the National Audit Office’s programme of work on mental health and will focus on services for children and young people. It will primarily consider NHS-funded services, but will also look at interventions undertaken in schools and by local authorities where relevant. The study will consider the government’s progress in implementing … Read more

A girl with Downs Syndrome in conversation

Local support for people with a learning disability

Good progress has been made by the Department of Health and NHS England in setting up a programme to close hospital beds for people with a learning disability, but the programme is not yet on track to achieve value for money. The report examines how the NHS in England and local authorities seek to improve the lives of the 129,000 people aged 18 to 64 who use local authority learning disability support services.

Published:
3 Mar 2017