Funding and sustainability 2018 - Policy statement - Hospital car parking chargesWe believe that car parking should be available free of charge for patients. This should be delivered as part of a full and sustainable funding settlement for the NHS, and alongside investment in alternative ways of getting patients to hospitals and other sites.2018 - Consultation response - Over the counter medicinesNHS England proposed to issue guidance advising GPs not to issue prescriptions for certain treatments that can be bought over the counter. Our response considers the issue in the context of existing practice in ethical prescribing, and cautions about some of the complexity that the measure may introduce.2017 – Consultation response – Low value medicinesNHS England proposed to issue guidance advising GPs not to prescribe certain medicines in most circumstances. Our response notes that this exercise is almost certainly cost driven, makes specific recommendations about particular medicines, and raises concerns about the development of these proposals, and also future proposals for restricting prescriptions for over-the-counter medicines. 2017 – Written submission – Representation to HM Treasury ahead of the Autumn BudgetIn 2017, the Budget shifted to the Autumn. Ahead of it, we made recommendations to the Treasury for spending on health and social care at a time of growing demand. 2017 – Policy statement – Recommendations ahead of the Spring BudgetThe final Spring Budget was presented in 2017, before a shift to the Autumn. We called for an adequate funding settlement for health and social care, and argued that current levels of funding are clearly inadequate. 2017 – Policy statement – Reaction to the Spring BudgetThe Chancellor announced welcome new funding for social care in his final Spring Budget, but did not signal a full shift to the levels of health and social care funding widely argued to be necessary. Our reaction piece gave a full analysis.