The rising cost of living
Healthcare leaders are concerned about the impact on local communities, patients and staff, and worry that soaring costs could cause a public health emergency. This would further strain already stretched services.
Health and care organisations are doing all they can to shield staff and patients from the worst effects of the cost-of-living crisis. But government action is needed on issues likely to cause spikes in ill health and unmanageable demand on NHS services.
This section explores the risks to health, wellbeing and healthcare services, making the case that the cost-of-living crisis is a health crisis.
It spotlights initiatives helping to mitigate the worst effects of rising costs, good employment practice to support staff, and our calls on government for action.
This section will be regularly updated, exploring issues and initiatives on financial insecurity, gambling and debt and domestic violence.
Our calls for action
NHS leaders make ‘unprecedented move’ urging government to act now on rising energy costs or risk public health emergency
NHS leaders warn of rising numbers of people falling sick unless the Government takes urgent action.
19 August 2022
Petrol price increases are driving away staff and putting services at risk, warn NHS leaders in new survey
The Community Network is calling for urgent national action as the cost of fuel impacts community service providers.
26 August 2022
Hashum MahmoodSenior Policy Adviser
Hashum joined the NHS Confederation in June 2021 and is the organisation's senior policy adviser on population health.