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IHPN responds to latest NHS performance data

Date of publication: 14th Nov 2019

Categories: Latest news

The number of NHS patients waiting over 18-weeks for vital surgery such as hip and knee replacements has risen by almost a quarter in just one year, new NHS performance stats have revealed. Today’s figures show that more than 672,000 patients are now waiting over 18-weeks for treatment, a rise of 122,000 in just 12 months. With the total number of people waiting for care reaching a record 4.4 million, and next year marking the fourth anniversary of the NHS’...

So what would an NHS without private sector provision look like?

Date of publication: 13th Nov 2019

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

The argument that the NHS is being ‘privatised’ is as old as the hills yet it still persists as a potent political issue. But why is this when the NHS remains funded through general taxation free at the point of use to patients, no frontline assets or services have ever been sold into private ownership and private provision of NHS services has been a feature of delivery since 1948? The answer is multifaceted and revolves around a vagueness over the...

NHS waiting times would rise by over 50 per cent without the independent sector new IHPN analysis shows

Date of publication: 13th Nov 2019

Categories: Latest news

Analysis undertaken by the Independent Healthcare Providers Network has found that removing independent sector hospital capacity from the NHS would have a significant negative impact on patients’ ability to access timely care, with waiting times rising by over 50 per cent to an average of just under six months (22.2 weeks). The equivalent of over 40 additional NHS Trusts would need to be built to replace lost capacity in certain specialties. The new figures are based on analysing official data...

IHPN responds to Labour's "NHS Rescue Plan"

Date of publication: 12th Nov 2019

Categories: Latest news

Responding to the Labour Party’s launch of their NHS “Rescue Plan”, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “With NHS waiting lists at a record high, and well over 600,000 patients waiting more than 18 weeks for vital treatment, it’s hugely welcome to see a concrete commitment to ensure the NHS can once again meet its constitutional targets so that patients can receive the timely treatment they deserve. “However, cutting waiting times is simply not compatible...

IHPN holds its fifth Annual Summit

Date of publication: 24th Oct 2019

Categories: Uncategorized

On 23 October 2019, the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) held its fifth Annual Summit at BMA House in central London. The event - supported by Bevan Brittan - is a firm fixture in the health calendar and this year focussed on how safety and quality improvement is being driven forward across the industry, with the launch of our new Medical Practitioners Assurance Framework; as well as how the sector is helping deliver the vision of the NHS long-term plan;...

Independent healthcare providers unite to implement new medical governance framework

Date of publication: 23rd Oct 2019

Categories: Latest news

Independent healthcare providers from across the country have come together to commit to implementing a new medical governance framework that will help ensure all independent sector providers in England are able to further improve the care they are giving to their patients. The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), which represents independent healthcare providers delivering both NHS and privately funded care, asked former national NHS National Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh to work with the sector to bring together key principles...

IHPN responds to Sir Mike Richards’ Independent Review of Adult Screening

Date of publication: 16th Oct 2019

Categories: Latest news

Responding to the publication of Sir Mike Richards’ Independent Review of Adult Screening Programmes, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “We welcome Sir Mike Richards’ report into cancer screening services which sets out a roadmap to significantly improving cancer diagnosis in England. “As Sir Mike makes clear, cancer screening services need to fit in around the needs of patients, not the other way around, and we therefore welcome his call for people to be given...

IHPN responds to CQC State of Care report

Date of publication: 15th Oct 2019

Categories: Latest news

In response to the CQC’s State of Care report, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “We welcome the CQC’s State of Care report which shows that over 80 per cent of independent acute hospitals are rated good or outstanding, with leadership highlighted as an area where the sector’s performance has improved even further. “The CQC is also right to highlight the ever worsening access to NHS care across the board, meaning that patients are unable...

IHPN responds to latest NHS performance figures

Date of publication: 10th Oct 2019

Categories: Latest news

Responding to the latest NHS performance figures showing there are now 4.4 million people waiting for NHS elective treatment, David Furness, Director of Policy at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “Today’s figures show yet further decline in the NHS' ability to meet its constitutional targets to treat patients in a timely manner, with a staggering 660k people waiting in excess of the 18 week target for elective treatment. This means more patients waiting in pain for vital treatment such...

New pilot launched to include independent health providers in national clinical audits

Date of publication: 2nd Oct 2019

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A new pilot is being launched to enable health procedures provided by independent healthcare providers in England to be included in future national clinical audits. Jointly led by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), the pilot project will focus on procedures relating to breast cancer in older people and cataract surgery, with the pilot anticipated to be completed in summer 2020. While independent providers are able to contribute to a small number of...