Responding to the publication of NHS England’s report on Universal Personalised Care, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said:
“We warmly welcome today’s report on Universal Personalised Care which rightly aims to make patient centred care “business as usual” in the NHS.
“In particular, the commitment to better enable people to exercise choice and control in elective care is hugely welcome at a time when NHS waiting lists for surgery are growing ever longer.
“While patients have had the legal right to choose where they receive their NHS care for well over a decade now, we know that the public’s awareness around this remains worryingly low.
“The proposals in today’s report will go a huge way in kickstarting progress towards ensuring all patients can make meaningful choices about their care, particularly through local areas developing action plans on how they are fully embedding patient choice in everything they do, as well as the national roll out of the “Capacity Alerts” project, which through simply colour coding busy hospitals as “red” in GP referral systems, has led to 40,000 people being put on shorter wait lists each month in London.
“Empowering patients to exercise their right to choose is therefore not just the right thing to do, but leads to tangible improvements in patient outcomes and experiences and we look forward to working with NHS England to take this exciting agenda forward.”