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 with removing the use of the independent sector from the NHS. Every year over half a million NHS patients are treated by independent providers, all paid for at NHS tariff prices and free at the point of use for patients. Removing this provision would mean NHS patients waiting significantly longer for treatment, not to mention reducing patient choice, and significantly undermine any efforts to meet the 18 week target once again.”