Responding to the latest NHS performance figures published today, David Furness, Director of Policy at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said:
“Today’s figures show the largest ever NHS waiting list on record at 5.6 million and the government has said that this could potentially rise to 13 million. It’s clear that the entire healthcare system has a mammoth challenge ahead of it in ensuring that people can get the treatment they need.
“Alongside the important funding boost announced this week, it’s vital that the Government urgently sets out a clear long-term plan on how the care backlog will be cleared. This will require an important role for independent sector providers who are committed to playing their full part in the recovery of the health service post-covid.”