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IHPN responds to latest NHS performance figures

Date of publication: 11th Aug 2022

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Responding to the latest NHS performance figures out today showing a record 6.78 million people are waiting for NHS treatment, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said:  “Today’s record NHS waiting list is another stark reminder of the scale of the NHS challenge facing the new Prime Minister when they take office in September. “An urgent priority for the new Prime Minister must be to commit to a national campaign to make NHS patients aware...

New report shows patients can cut months off wait for NHS treatment

Date of publication: 25th Jul 2022

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Patients in England could cut months off their wait for care by exercising their right to choose a different provider for their NHS treatment. A joint report out today from the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) and the Patients Association has found that across England, patients need to travel just 13.2 miles - around 30 minutes by car - to cut over three and a half months off their waiting time. However, despite patients having a legal right to choose...

IHPN statement on the death of former Network Chief Executive David Worskett

Date of publication: 15th Jul 2022

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It is with great sadness that this week we received news from his family of the death of David Worskett, the former Network Chief Executive, who ran the organisation between 2007 and 2013. David was very much the driving force behind the development of what was then known as the NHS Partners Network as it became established as the membership organisation for those independent sector providers that delivered services to NHS patients. David’s leadership saw membership of the organisation grow...

IHPN responds to latest NHS performance figures

Date of publication: 14th Jul 2022

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Responding to the latest NHS performance figures out today showing a record 6.6 million people are waiting for NHS treatment, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said:   “With NHS waiting lists at another record of 6.6 million it is clear that whoever becomes Prime Minister in September must make busting the NHS backlog one of their first priorities in office.  "The backlog is now not only a health crisis but increasingly an economic one...

IHPN responds to new study on "NHS privatisation" and mortality rates

Date of publication: 30th Jun 2022

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Responding to the new study from the University of Oxford on "Outsourcing health-care services to the private sector and treatable mortality rates in England", David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said:  "It was disappointing to read the new research from the University of Oxford where the authors of the study themselves acknowledge that they found absolutely no link between the use of independent providers by the NHS and mortality rates. Indeed, looking at the research...

Battle of the backlog - how can the NHS maximise use of the independent sector to bring down waiting lists?

Date of publication: 24th Jun 2022

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

The 1st April 2022 marked one year since the end of the national covid hospitals contract, and the move within the NHS to the ‘recovery’ phase of the pandemic response. The latest round of Referral to Treatment Time (RTT) data published by the NHS which is for April 2022 gives us a clear insight into the state of the recovery one year on, and whether the NHS’ aim of maximising the usage of independent sector capacity is being realised. Headline...

IHPN responds to latest NHS performance figures

Date of publication: 16th Jun 2022

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Responding to the latest NHS performance figures out today showing a record 6.5 million people are waiting for NHS treatment, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “Despite patients facing ever longer waits for treatment, a recent IHPN survey of our members has found that local NHS systems are asking the majority of independent providers to deliver the same or even less NHS activity in 2022/23 than pre-pandemic, with a quarter of independent providers not...

IHPN responds to record NHS waiting lists

Date of publication: 12th May 2022

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Responding to the latest NHS performance figures, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “With today’s figures showing yet another significant jump in the number of people waiting for care with NHS waiting lists at a record 6.4 million, it’s vital that the clear commitments in the recent NHS elective recovery plan to ramp up activity and give patients more choice and control of their care are now translated into concrete action to improve access...

Speaking up for safer care

Date of publication: 29th Apr 2022

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

The ability of staff in the healthcare sector to speak up when they have concerns, and to have those concerns taken seriously, is of paramount importance not only for staff wellbeing, but also for patient safety. The recently published Ockenden Report and the inquiry into Paterson clearly illustrate this point. In the former, the inquiry into maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust (SaTH) found many examples where staff were at best ignored when they raised concerns about...

Clearing the air – how healthcare providers can cut emissions from anaesthetic gases and inhalers

Date of publication: 22nd Apr 2022

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Today, Earth Day 2022, is a good moment to reflect whether we are all doing what we can in the race to achieving net zero. The challenge is huge, particularly in healthcare, and the activities to reduce carbon footprint are wide ranging. But one particular area where healthcare providers can make a real difference in reducing their emissions is around the use of medicines, notably anaesthetic gases and inhalers. Medicines make up a large chunk of the emissions within healthcare,...