Relentless demand for services is driving up waiting times and exacerbating financial pressures in the NHS.

Launching the long-awaited NHS 'reset' on finances in July, Simon Stevens said, 'because the pressures across the NHS are real and growing, we need to use this year both to stabilise finances and kick-start the wider changes everyone can see are needed'.

With financial performance data for the first quarter now available, combined with the results of our latest quarterly monitoring report, we can take a temperature check on the first of these priorities: the need to stabilise NHS finances. How is the NHS doing?

Read more in the Kings Fund latest Quarterly Monitoring Report

and in the accompanying blog by Richard Murray, Director of Policy at The King's Fund.