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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...

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...

IHPN responds to Sir Mike Richards’ Independent Review of Adult Screening

Date of publication: 16th Oct 2019

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Responding to the publication of Sir Mike Richards’ Independent Review of Adult Screening Programmes, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “We welcome Sir Mike Richards’ report into cancer screening services which sets out a roadmap to significantly improving cancer diagnosis in England. “As Sir Mike makes clear, cancer screening services need to fit in around the needs of patients, not the other way around, and we therefore welcome his call for people to be given...

IHPN responds to CQC State of Care report

Date of publication: 15th Oct 2019

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In response to the CQC’s State of Care report, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “We welcome the CQC’s State of Care report which shows that over 80 per cent of independent acute hospitals are rated good or outstanding, with leadership highlighted as an area where the sector’s performance has improved even further. “The CQC is also right to highlight the ever worsening access to NHS care across the board, meaning that patients are unable...

IHPN responds to latest NHS performance figures

Date of publication: 10th Oct 2019

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Responding to the latest NHS performance figures showing there are now 4.4 million people waiting for NHS elective treatment, David Furness, Director of Policy at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “Today’s figures show yet further decline in the NHS' ability to meet its constitutional targets to treat patients in a timely manner, with a staggering 660k people waiting in excess of the 18 week target for elective treatment. This means more patients waiting in pain for vital treatment such...

New pilot launched to include independent health providers in national clinical audits

Date of publication: 2nd Oct 2019

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A new pilot is being launched to enable health procedures provided by independent healthcare providers in England to be included in future national clinical audits. Jointly led by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), the pilot project will focus on procedures relating to breast cancer in older people and cataract surgery, with the pilot anticipated to be completed in summer 2020. While independent providers are able to contribute to a small number of...

IHPN responds to proposals for new NHS Integration Bill

Date of publication: 26th Sep 2019

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Responding to the publication of NHS England-Improvement’s proposals on NHS legislative change, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said: “Today’s recommendations from NHS England-Improvement to Government and Parliament for an NHS Integrated Care Bill make some key improvements on initial proposals and show that the NHS has been willing to listen to stakeholder feedback, including those issues raised by the independent healthcare sector. “In particular we are pleased to see the inclusion of important new provisions...

IHPN sponsors “Pressing the accelerator” event at global health conference

Date of publication: 25th Sep 2019

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The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) will be sponsoring this week’s THET conference on “Transforming Global Health”, which will look at the UK’s contribution in ensuring high quality universal health coverage across the world. THET was set up over 30 years ago, and through supporting health partnerships between UK and overseas health institutions such as hospitals, universities and research centres, has provided training and education to over 93,000 health workers across 31 countries in Africa and Asia. The year’s conference,...