David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said:
“IHPN welcomes the announcement today of the development of new Primary Care Networks. For too long the primary and community health sector has not had the funding or focus it deserves but these new networks will help foster more joined up working between local services and ensure that patients receive the right care, at the right time, in the right setting.
“Independent sector providers, including those in the voluntary and social enterprise sector, play a key role in delivering high quality, innovative and patient-centred care in the community with around 40% of NHS community provision coming from independent providers.
“It is therefore vital that emerging PCNs are fully inclusive of all providers in the sector, with the additional resource used to invest in the best and most innovative models of care, regardless of who provides them, with clear quality and outcomes metrics developed to ensure PCNs are delivering value for money for the public and patients alike.”