See the results and trends from the latest British Social Attitudes survey, which asks members of the public for their views on the NHS

The survey finds that in 2016 public satisfaction with the NHS remains high, despite the current pressures. Read the full results here.

(Since 1983, the National Centre for Social Research’s British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey has asked members of the public – rather than only patients – about their views on, and feelings towards, the NHS and health and care issues generally. The latest survey was carried out between July and October 2016 and asked a nationally representative sample of nearly 3,000 people about their satisfaction with the NHS overall, and of nearly 1,000 people about their satisfaction with individual NHS services).

In her blog, Ruth Robertson explores why this might be the case.

In 2016, public satisfaction with the NHS was 63 per cent, which is high by historic standards. Satisfaction is broadly the same as it was in 2015 – the small increase (up from 60 per cent) is not statistically significant. The chart below shows that in recent years, satisfaction can broadly be split into three phases: ‘steady growth’ from 2002 to 2010, ‘a sudden drop’ in 2011 and ‘little change’ from 2012 to 2016, when (with the exception of 2014) annual changes in satisfaction have not been statistically significant.

How do we square this picture of high satisfaction, broadly unchanged from a year earlier, with what researchers (including me), the media and some politicians have been saying about a growing crisis in the NHS? Here are a few possible explanations......Read this blog here