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IHPN welcomes consultation on integrating NHS and private sector data

Date of publication: 21st Feb 2020

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Responding to the launch of the NHS Digital and PHIN's consultation on the Acute Data Alignment Programme (ADAPt), David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said:  "The recent Paterson inquiry report rightly called for much more of a ‘whole systems’ approach to patient safety and data transparency. “In seeking to better align NHS and independent sector data, the ADAPt programme represents a key step towards the seamless flow of data along the patient journey – helping to...

Almost three quarters of a million people now waiting over 18 weeks for care

Date of publication: 13th Feb 2020

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Responding to NHS England’s latest performance statistics, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said: “With almost three quarters of a million people now waiting over the 18 week target for treatment, and IHPN’s own analysis showing that almost one in six households has someone on an NHS waiting list, urgent action must now be taken stop any further deterioration in patient access to care and bring down waiting times for good. “Alongside extra investment promised by...

IHPN responds to independent inquiry into Ian Paterson

Date of publication: 4th Feb 2020

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Responding to the publication of the Bishop of Norwich's independent inquiry report into the case of Ian Paterson, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said: “Anyone that reads the testimonies of the individuals affected by Ian Paterson’s appalling crimes cannot fail to be moved by their suffering. We therefore welcome today’s report from the Bishop of Norwich which rightly puts the voices of his victims and families at the heart of his work, and makes clear...

IHPN calls for new safety body to cover privately funded care

Date of publication: 30th Jan 2020

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Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) Chief Executive, David Hare, has written to the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, calling for the proposed new Health Service Safety Investigations Bill (HSSIB) to expand its remit to cover both NHS and privately funded care. The Bill, contained in the Government’s recent Queen’s Speech, gives new powers to the current Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch to investigate patient safety incidents and ensure learning is shared across the health service. However the Bill as...

IHPN responds to MAC report on immigration

Date of publication: 29th Jan 2020

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Responding to the publication of the Migration Advisory Committee report into a points-based system and salary thresholds for immigration, David Furness, Director of Policy and Delivery at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “In common with all healthcare providers, the independent health sector recognises the significant challenge of recruiting healthcare professionals, particularly in light of changes to the immigration system. We welcome the MAC’s recommendation to lower the salary threshold from £30,000 to £25,600 which should help increase the numbers...

Statement re CISS tender process

Date of publication: 27th Jan 2020

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IHPN has issued the following statement in response to an article published in Healthcare Markets on 23 January “Healthcode maintains its independence after concerns raised over its suitability to run the CISS”. “IHPN saw the report in Healthcare Markets on 23 January about Healthcode, in which it was suggested that “Healthcode emerged as the natural choice of provider to operate the CISS when it was announced by the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) at the end of last year.” IHPN wishes...

IHPN launches new animation for patients on what to expect from independent healthcare

Date of publication: 24th Jan 2020

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The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) have today launched a new animation for patients on what to expect from independent healthcare. With almost 2 million acute patient journeys across the independent sector every year, it's vital that patients who choose to either self-fund their care or use private medical insurance, are as fully informed as possible when receiving independent health. With the support of the Patients Association, IHPN have therefore developed a short film setting out their rights around being...

NHS waiting lists set to rise by a third to almost 6 million by the next election

Date of publication: 20th Jan 2020

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New analysis of NHS waiting times in England has found that the number of people waiting for NHS treatment is set to hit almost 6 million by the end of the current Parliament unless urgent action is taken. Currently 4.6 million people are waiting for vital NHS treatment such as hip and knee replacements and cataracts, a figure set to rise by one third to 6 million by 2024 based on recent trends. The figures, analysed by the Independent Healthcare Providers...

Almost 700k patients now waiting over 18 weeks for care

Date of publication: 9th Jan 2020

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Responding to NHS England’s latest performance statistics, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said: “Today’s figures show yet further decline in patients’ access to vital NHS care, with almost 700k people now waiting in excess of the 18 week target for treatment, and IHPN’s own analysis showing that almost one in six households now having someone on an NHS waiting list. “Alongside extra investment promised by the government we need to put more power in the...

IHPN responds to Government's Queen's Speech

Date of publication: 19th Dec 2019

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Responding to the Queen’s Speech delivered in the Houses of Parliament, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “IHPN welcomes the commitment in law to significant additional funding for the NHS. This represents a real opportunity to make real improvements in the care patients receive and we should be ambitious about what can be achieved. We want to see a laser like focus on the issues that matter to patients including cutting waiting times for...