IHPN responds to NHS waiting lists hitting 6m

Responding to the latest NHS performance figures published today, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said:

“Today’s alarming performance figures show yet another record NHS waiting list, with 6 million people now currently waiting for treatment.

“With the NHS set to face one of its toughest ever Winters, it’s going to be a colossal challenge to simply maintain elective care services in the coming months, let alone support the healthcare recovery and tackle the backlog of NHS care which has built up since the start of the pandemic.

“The NHS must now turbo-charge its use of independent sector capacity and the green-pathways it provides – ensuring that vital NHS scans and operations can continue this winter and helping avoid NHS waiting lists getting out of control.”