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RTT data - a window on elective care recovery

Date of publication: 11th Jun 2021

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

IHPN’s Head of Acute Care Policy, John Hopgood, looks at why this month’s Referral-to-Treatment waiting times data carries particular significance for the independent sector. The monthly publication of data from NHS England this week carries more significance than usual. Not only is it our first chance to have a detailed look at activity since the start of the 2021/22 financial year (and the end of the National Hospitals Contract), but it’s also the biggest indication yet as to where recovery...

IHPN responds to latest NHS performance stats

Date of publication: 10th Jun 2021

Categories: Latest news

Responding to the latest NHS performance stats published today, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “With today’s figures showing the largest NHS waiting list on record at 5.1 million and almost 65,000 people now waiting more than 18 months for treatment, the time has come for the Government to urgently set out a clear plan on how patient access to NHS care will be restored. “Despite the heroic efforts of healthcare staff to get services...

IHPN responds to new RCS report on tackling the NHS elective care backlog

Date of publication: 28th May 2021

Categories: Latest news

Welcoming today’s report from the Royal College of Surgeons to help cut NHS waiting times for surgery, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “As the Royal College of Surgeons have rightly said, with NHS waiting lists at a record 5 million, tackling the backlog of NHS treatment needs to be an urgent priority for the Government, with a clear plan put in place to make sure patients can access the care they need. “Given...

IHPN responds to new CQC strategy

Date of publication: 27th May 2021

Categories: Latest news

Responding to the publication of the Care Quality Commission’s new strategy, Dawn Hodgkins, Director of Regulation at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “System-wide collaboration and a shared definition of safety is vital to sustaining and building on safety across the health and social care landscape. IHPN therefore welcomes the CQC’s new strategy launched today which sets out a clear ambition to look at the quality of care across a local area, as well as at provider and service level....

New IHPN report shines a light on role of independent community health sector in covid19 response

Date of publication: 27th May 2021

Categories: Latest news

As UK society continues to open up with covid restrictions easing, IHPN have today launched a new report shining a light on the vital role independent providers of primary, community and diagnostic services have played in supporting the NHS during the most recent waves of the pandemic. Following up on IHPN’s “Working together during covid19”, published last summer which looked at the key role independent providers of primary, community and diagnostics services played in supporting the NHS during the first...

IHPN responds to Health Select Committee report on NHS White Paper

Date of publication: 14th May 2021

Categories: Latest news

Responding to the publication of the Health and Social Care Committee’s report into the Government’s White Paper proposals for the reform of Health and Social Care, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “We welcome today’s Health and Social Care Committee report which makes a number of useful recommendations on how the forthcoming legislation on NHS reform can be strengthened to further improve patient care and deliver value for money. “With NHS waiting lists now...

IHPN responds to latest NHS performance stats

Date of publication: 13th May 2021

Categories: Latest news

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

Categories: Latest news

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

Categories: Latest news

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

Categories: Latest news

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...