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IHPN responds to new NHS guidance on COVID19 next steps

Date of publication: 17th Mar 2020

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Responding to new NHS England-Improvement guidance published today on next steps on the NHS’ response to coronavirus, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said:

“We are pleased to confirm today’s announcement that the independent sector will be working in partnership with NHS England as part of the response to COVID-19, including by making thousands of hospitals beds available and engaging the skilled staff employed by independent sector providers in care at every level.

“It’s important to be clear that over the next few weeks, until there is a national decision, both NHS and private planned care will continue in independent providers. We are doing everything we can to make sure people can still get access to care until the point when it is agreed to focus exclusively on COVID-19 and essential services”