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IHPN responds to new Lancet study showing UK cancer survival rates lag behind high income countries

Date of publication: 12th Sep 2019

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Responding to a new study in the Lancet Oncology that cancer survival rates in Britain are worse than those in other high income countries, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “While it’s encouraging that cancer survival rates are continuing to improve in the UK, this latest study from the Lancet contains some sobering figures, highlighting just how much more needs to be done to ensure cancer patients can access get the best possible diagnosis and...

Independent healthcare body launches call for “consultant info sharing” platform developer

Date of publication: 27th Aug 2019

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The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) has launched a call for organisations to register their interest in developing a new Consultant Information Sharing System (CISS) to create a definitive record for doctors working in the independent health sector. IHPN, which represents independent providers of both NHS and privately funded healthcare, are seeking to create for the first time a secure online digital platform that will allow healthcare providers to share information about consultants in the interest of patient safety. It...

One is six households thought to contain someone on NHS waiting list

Date of publication: 9th Aug 2019

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Around one in six households in England are likely to contain someone who is waiting for an NHS operation, according to new analysis. New NHS data shows there were 4.4 million patients waiting to start treatment at the end of June, a 4.6% rise from the previous June and up more than a fifth since 2016. The Independent Healthcare Providers Network used council tax data, showing that there are 24,193,880 council tax properties in England, to work out how many...

Major areas of health are unfinished business and need urgent action from new Prime Minister, says NHS Confederation

Date of publication: 1st Aug 2019

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Supporting the NHS on its decade-long journey towards an integrated health and care system, as well as delivering extra investment for new buildings and infrastructure, social care and addressing major gaps in NHS staffing, should be at the top of the new Prime Minister’s priority list. That is the call today from the NHS Confederation in a letter and briefing to the Prime Minister. The NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, says there is much ‘unfinished business’...

IHPN seeks industry input into new framework to improve consistency in clinical governance

Date of publication: 25th Jul 2019

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As part of their work to improve consistency around effective clinical governance for medical practitioners across the independent sector and to raise the bar in medical leadership, IHPN are looking for feedback from independent healthcare providers on their forthcoming Medical Practitioners Assurance Framework (MPAF) due to be launched this autumn at IHPN’s Annual Summit on 23 October. The framework, developed under the Chairmanship of former National Medical Director at NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh, with expert input from a balance...

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...