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IHPN responds to latest NHS performance stats

Date of publication: 13th May 2021

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Responding to today’s NHS performance figures, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “With today’s figures showing the largest NHS waiting list on record at 5 million, tackling the growing backlog of NHS treatment will need to be a top priority for the Government in the months and years ahead. “As the Prime Minister has rightly made clear this week, there is a huge task ahead to restore and rebuild the health service so that patients...

IHPN responds to Queen's Speech on new Health and Care Bill

Date of publication: 11th May 2021

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Responding to today’s Queen’s Speech and a proposed new Health and Care Bill, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “The new legislation to reform the NHS, announced in today’s Queen’s Speech, represent the biggest change in how healthcare is commissioned and delivered in England in almost a decade. “As the Prime Minister has rightly made clear this week, tackling the growing backlog of NHS treatment and improving patient care will need to be a critical...

IHPN responds to latest NHS performance stats

Date of publication: 15th Apr 2021

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Responding to today’s latest NHS performance stats, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “With today’s figures showing the largest NHS waiting list on record it is clear that the government must make dealing with the backlog of care a major priority in the months and years ahead. “The independent healthcare sector has played a significant role in ensuring non-covid NHS treatment could continue during the pandemic and will need to play a significant role...

National NHS improvement programme publishes first ever report on independent healthcare

Date of publication: 26th Mar 2021

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The NHS’ Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) programme have published their first ever review looking at independent healthcare services. GIRFT – an NHS programme designed to improve the quality of care within the NHS by reducing unwarranted variations - looked into orthopaedics and spinal services in a number of Independent Sector acute care providers including Horder Healthcare, Nuffield Health, Spire Healthcare and Practice Plus, visiting 63 hospitals in total as part of their review published this month. GIRFT analysed...

3 million NHS patients treated under historic independent hospital partnership

Date of publication: 24th Mar 2021

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Over 3 million NHS procedures have been delivered by independent hospitals in England under national arrangements during the covid19 pandemic, new figures have shown. One year on from the historic partnership between the NHS and independent hospital sector, whereby virtually all independent hospital capacity was made available to the NHS “at cost”, these new figures show the major contribution that the independent sector has made during the pandemic in ensuring that vital NHS operations, chemotherapy sessions, diagnostic tests and consultations...

IHPN response to Government statement on the Paterson inquiry

Date of publication: 23rd Mar 2021

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Responding to the Government's statement on the Paterson Inquiry, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said:  “We welcome the Government’s update on their response to the Bishop of Norwich’s important inquiry into the case of Ian Paterson. Anyone who read the Bishop’s report couldn’t fail to be moved by the suffering of the victims involved and the report rightly put the voices of his victims and families at its heart. “Today’s initial response from the Government...

No Turning Back –Transforming Co-existence into Collaboration for the Long Haul

Date of publication: 19th Mar 2021

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Andrew Vaux, Head of Independent Healthcare at Practicus, looks at how the partnership between the independent sector and the NHS that evolved during the pandemic can be sustained. The NHS has long turned to the independent sector when it needs additional capacity to manage waiting times and avoid penalties for missed targets. But the pandemic that was unleashed over the last year changed this relationship, at least for a while. As the impact of the rapid rise in Covid hospital...

IHPN responds to latest NHS performance statistics

Date of publication: 11th Mar 2021

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Responding to the publication of the latest NHS performance figures, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “With today’s figures showing the largest NHS waiting list on record at over 4.59 million people – in addition to the over 5 million “hidden waiting list” of people who have not yet presented for treatment – it is clear that all parts of the healthcare system are going to be needed to help bring NHS waiting times down...

How to respond to an adverse CQC inspection

Date of publication: 22nd Feb 2021

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Peter Killwick from Verita looks at how independent healthcare providers can respond to an adverse CQC inspection and what they can do to improve patient safety and quality. The work of the CQC is crucial in both maintaining and improving patient safety and identifying  areas where performance is falling short of requirements. Our recent work with providers suggests that the CQC is developing a much closer focus on organisational leadership and the impact - positive or negative - that this...

IHPN responds to Government White Paper on NHS reform

Date of publication: 11th Feb 2021

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Responding to the publication of the Government’s White Paper on NHS reform, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “With today’s NHS performance figures showing record long waits with almost 225,000 people waiting over one year for vital NHS treatment, these proposals for NHS reform must be judged not only on whether they ensure that patients receive integrated, joined up care, but also that they ensure that patients have quick access to diagnosis and treatment....