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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...

New data published on private patient outcomes and infection risk

Date of publication: 16th Dec 2019

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Responding to the publication of the Private Healthcare Information Network's (PHIN) data on patient outcomes and risk of infections for privately funded healthcare in the UK, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said: "These latest figures demonstrate the high-quality care found across the independent hospital sector, with providers delivering excellent outcomes for patients. "Having meaningful information such as PROMS data at their fingertips is key in enabling patients to make more informed decisions about where to...

Removing the independent sector from the NHS is deeply misguided

Date of publication: 21st Nov 2019

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Responding to the publication of the Labour Party’s manifesto, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said: “Labour’s stance of removing the independent sector from the NHS is deeply misguided and would significantly undermine NHS patients’ ability to get the care they need. The reality is that the NHS has always been a blend of public and private sector provision and the independent sector plays a key role in delivering high quality, efficient, universal and free at...

IHPN responds to latest NHS performance data

Date of publication: 14th Nov 2019

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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’...

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

Date of publication: 13th Nov 2019

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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

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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

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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

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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...