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No. of people waiting over 18 weeks for treatment rises by one third

Date of publication: 10th Jan 2019

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In response to NHS England’s latest performance figures showing the number of people waiting longer than the 18 week target for elective care has risen by over one third in the last 12 months to 528,000 patients at the end of November 2018, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said: “These latest figures demonstrate yet again the desperate lack of elective capacity in the NHS with patients having to wait unacceptably long periods for vital procedures...

IHPN welcomes "ambitious" NHS Long Term Plan

Date of publication: 7th Jan 2019

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In response to the publication of the NHS’ Long Term Plan, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “There is much to welcome in today’s ambitious Plan which will help ensure the health service can meets the needs of patients in the 21st century, and, critically, provides a clear commitment to give people more control over their own health and the care they receive. “The Plan’s clear focus on prevention and early diagnosis will be key...

Association of Dental Groups and IHPN enter into new partnership

Date of publication: 21st Dec 2018

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The Association of Dental Groups (ADG) and the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) have agreed a new ‘memorandum of understanding’ to strengthen ties between the two organisations, which will see IHPN ‘host’ the ADG’s policy and business management functions from 1 April 2019. While the two organisations will retain separate identities, including separate Boards, they will work more closely together in developing policy positions to ensure that NHS and privately-funded dentistry services are fully included in wider independent sector activity....

Sir Bruce Keogh to develop framework on the oversight of consultants in independent hospitals

Date of publication: 19th Dec 2018

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Former NHS England National Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh, is set to lead on the creation of a new framework on how consultants are overseen in independent hospitals, it has been announced today. While over 60% of independent acute hospitals are rated good or outstanding for safety by the CQC the healthcare regulator has identified some areas where governance systems could be strengthened by some operators, including in the oversight of Consultants. The Independent Healthcare Providers Network have therefore confirmed...

10k extra operations needed each week to meet “fall back” target to stabilise NHS waiting times

Date of publication: 10th Dec 2018

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The NHS is falling drastically short of meeting its target to keep waiting lists stable for non-urgent care, such as hip and knee operations, by March 2019. New analysis carried out by the Independent Healthcare Providers Network estimates that an extra 10,216 operations will need to be carried out each week to hit the target – a hugely challenging proposition as the NHS enters the Winter period. The NHS has now missed its principal waiting time target every month for...

IHPN welcomes Government consultation on clinical negligence cover

Date of publication: 6th Dec 2018

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In response to the announcement of a Government consultation on Appropriate Clinical Negligence Cover, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said: “The Independent Healthcare Providers Network has long been calling for the introduction of fully comprehensive insurance indemnity cover, replacing the current system of discretionary protection, which would ensure that no patient would ever lose out if affected by poor care in the independent hospital sector. “We therefore welcome the announcement of a Government consultation into...

Independent and voluntary sectors most excluded from local integrated care systems

Date of publication: 3rd Dec 2018

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Independent and voluntary sector providers are viewed as the least likely to be engaged in the work of local integrated health and care systems (ICSs) according to a new report from the NHS Confederation, putting at risk the aim of properly joining up local services for patients. The Confederation’s report, “Letting local systems lead”, surveyed senior leaders from across the health system and found that: More than two thirds agreed that NHS providers (72%) and commissioners (81%) are fully engaged...

NMC propose changes to English language testing

Date of publication: 22nd Nov 2018

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In response to the NMC’s proposed changes to the requirements for nurses and midwives from outside the UK taking the International English Language Test System (IELTS), David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) said: “Like the NHS, the independent health sector currently faces significant challenges in recruiting nurses, particularly in light of Brexit. We therefore welcome the NMC’s proposed changes to English language tests which will undoubtedly help increase numbers of overseas nurses coming to the...

IHPN respond to £3.5bn investment in primary & community care

Date of publication: 22nd Nov 2018

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Responding to the Government's announcement of £3.5 billion a year funding for primary and community healthcare by 2023/4, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said: “We welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment today to invest an additional £3.5bn a year in primary and community care. This is will help bolster a sector which too often does not get the attention it deserves, and most importantly will help ensure that patients receive the right care, at the right...

NHS Partners Network rebrands itself as the “Independent Healthcare Providers Network”

Date of publication: 16th Nov 2018

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Following the expansion of its remit earlier this year to cover both NHS and privately funded healthcare in the independent sector, the NHS Partners Network has announced that from 16th November, the trade association will be known as the “Independent Healthcare Providers Network”. Having widely consulted with both members and external stakeholders in the health sector, the decision was made to change the name to ensure the trade organisation’s brand identity fully reflects the wider remit in representing the entire...