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IHPN responds to Government's Green Paper on health prevention

Date of publication: 23rd Jul 2019

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Responding to the publication of the Government's Green Paper on health prevention, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “We welcome today’s prevention green paper which rightly makes the case for having a greater focus on predicting and preventing poor health and, crucially, putting people back in charge of their own health. “The independent health sector already plays a significant role in delivering person-centred preventative care which makes a real difference to people’s lives. From delivering...

Number of people waiting over 18wks for treatment increases by almost 20% in past year

Date of publication: 11th Jul 2019

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In response to today’s NHS England performance figures, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “Today’s NHS performance figures paint yet another bleak picture of patients’ ever worsening access to vital treatment, with the number of patients waiting over the 18wk target for care rising by almost 20% in just one year. “The Government and NHSE-I must now heed the clear warnings expressed by patients, providers and in the recent Public Accounts Committee report, and urgently...

IHPN responds to launch of NHS Patient Safety Strategy

Date of publication: 2nd Jul 2019

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In response to the publication of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy, Dr Howard Freeman, Clinical Director of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: "Safety is the number one priority for independent healthcare providers and we welcome today’s NHS Patient Safety Strategy which makes a clear commitment to ensuring the whole healthcare system, including the independent sector, is involved in moving the patient safety agenda forward. "As the report highlights, better aligning patient safety standards and the sharing of data between the two...

IHPN responds to Health Select Committee report on NHS legislative changes

Date of publication: 24th Jun 2019

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In response to the Health Select Committee’s report on NHS proposals for legislative change, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: "Today's House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee's report on NHS England's proposals for legislative change is a helpful and pragmatic review of the complex issues that are raised by potential changes to the NHS' legal framework. Of particular importance is that the Committee once again makes clear that a diverse provider market...

New report demonstrates the importance of independent sector partnerships in delivering the NHS Long-Term Plan

Date of publication: 19th Jun 2019

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The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) has today launched a new report, Working together to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan, demonstrating how the independent sector is already helping to deliver the healthcare priorities outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan. The Long-Term Plan promised to “increase the focus on NHS organisations working with their local partners” to plan and deliver services that meet local needs and this report shows this commitment in action. Since its inception in 1948, the...

IHPN responds to new "hard-hitting" report from MPs on NHS waiting times

Date of publication: 12th Jun 2019

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In response to the Public Accounts Committee report on NHS waiting times, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “This hard-hitting report from the Public Accounts Committee shines a much-needed light on the worrying decline in NHS patients’ access to vital treatments such as hip replacements, cataracts and cancer care. Despite a clear legal commitment in the NHS Constitution, the 18 week target for elective care has not been met in over three years, leaving hundreds...

IHPN responds to new NHS interim people plan

Date of publication: 3rd Jun 2019

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Responding to publication of the NHS Interim People Plan, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said: “Workforce pressures are undoubtedly the biggest issue currently facing the health service, including in the independent sector. We therefore welcome today’s interim NHS People Plan which calls for a more systems-based approach to tackling leadership and workforce issues, with a clear role for the voluntary and independent sectors in delivering the plan. With IHPN members delivering care to over 10...

IHPN responds to PHIN data maturity report

Date of publication: 30th May 2019

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Responding to the publication of PHIN's data maturity report of private healthcare providers, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “It is vital that patients are able to make informed choices about the care they receive and PHIN’s work is an important part of generating greater transparency for services provided by independent hospitals and NHS private patient units (PPUs) throughout the UK to privately-funded patients. “Independent providers have a strong record on delivering safe and high...

IHPN responds to Sir Mike Richards' interim report on cancer screening

Date of publication: 28th May 2019

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Responding to the publication of Sir Mike Richards’ interim report into national cancer screening programmes, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “We welcome Sir Mike Richard’s interim report into cancer screening services. The UK already lags behind other OECD countries in terms of its scanning capacity, and with the NHS struggling to meet its cancer diagnostics targets it’s vital that we transform the way screening services are delivered to patients. “As Sir Mike makes clear,...

The waiting time target was missed and there’s worse to come

Date of publication: 24th May 2019

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

IHPN's data guru, Graham Kendall, looks at the NHS' progress in meeting it's recent commitment to stabilising waiting lists and what lessons need to be learned to cut waiting times. The latest waiting time figures show that last year’s main elective care target – to stabilise waiting numbers to March 2018 levels – was missed by a country mile. By last summer, IHPN was already publicly predicting we were badly off track and it is now increasingly clear that last...