IHPN responds to latest NHS performance stats

Responding to the latest monthly NHS performance figures, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said:

“These latest figures once again show that millions of patients are waiting far too long in pain and distress to access the treatment they need to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

“While there’s no silver bullet to tackling the NHS backlog, the independent sector is playing a significant role in ensuring patients can get treated as quickly as possible. In the last year, almost one in five NHS inpatient elective procedures were delivered by independent providers, and activity by the sector removed more than 1.5 million people from the NHS waiting list in 2023.

“The independent sector remains ready and able to treat even more NHS patients than it currently does. It’s therefore vital that local areas make use of all available capacity in independent providers – including making sure NHS patients are aware of their “right to choose” to be treated in an independent hospital – so that patients can access the care they so desperately need.”