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Independent healthcare providers unite to implement new medical governance framework

Date of publication: 23rd Oct 2019

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Independent healthcare providers from across the country have come together to commit to implementing a new medical governance framework that will help ensure all independent sector providers in England are able to further improve the care they are giving to their patients. The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), which represents independent healthcare providers delivering both NHS and privately funded care, asked former national NHS National Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh to work with the sector to bring together key principles...

IHPN responds to Sir Mike Richards’ Independent Review of Adult Screening

Date of publication: 16th Oct 2019

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Responding to the publication of Sir Mike Richards’ Independent Review of Adult Screening Programmes, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “We welcome Sir Mike Richards’ report into cancer screening services which sets out a roadmap to significantly improving cancer diagnosis in England. “As Sir Mike makes clear, cancer screening services need to fit in around the needs of patients, not the other way around, and we therefore welcome his call for people to be given...

IHPN responds to CQC State of Care report

Date of publication: 15th Oct 2019

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In response to the CQC’s State of Care report, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “We welcome the CQC’s State of Care report which shows that over 80 per cent of independent acute hospitals are rated good or outstanding, with leadership highlighted as an area where the sector’s performance has improved even further. “The CQC is also right to highlight the ever worsening access to NHS care across the board, meaning that patients are unable...

IHPN responds to latest NHS performance figures

Date of publication: 10th Oct 2019

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Responding to the latest NHS performance figures showing there are now 4.4 million people waiting for NHS elective treatment, David Furness, Director of Policy at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “Today’s figures show yet further decline in the NHS' ability to meet its constitutional targets to treat patients in a timely manner, with a staggering 660k people waiting in excess of the 18 week target for elective treatment. This means more patients waiting in pain for vital treatment such...

New pilot launched to include independent health providers in national clinical audits

Date of publication: 2nd Oct 2019

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A new pilot is being launched to enable health procedures provided by independent healthcare providers in England to be included in future national clinical audits. Jointly led by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), the pilot project will focus on procedures relating to breast cancer in older people and cataract surgery, with the pilot anticipated to be completed in summer 2020. While independent providers are able to contribute to a small number of...

How successful has government outsourcing been?

Date of publication: 27th Sep 2019

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

In 2007, a government review of the UK outsourcing industry called it the “most advanced in the world”. Beginning in local government with services such as waste collection, successive governments have extended outsourcing to areas including front-line services and major information technology projects. But since then there have been several high profile “failures” which have certainly grabbed the headlines – who can forget the security at the London Olympics or Atos pulling out of the contract to provide work capability...

IHPN responds to proposals for new NHS Integration Bill

Date of publication: 26th Sep 2019

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Responding to the publication of NHS England-Improvement’s proposals on NHS legislative change, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said: “Today’s recommendations from NHS England-Improvement to Government and Parliament for an NHS Integrated Care Bill make some key improvements on initial proposals and show that the NHS has been willing to listen to stakeholder feedback, including those issues raised by the independent healthcare sector. “In particular we are pleased to see the inclusion of important new provisions...

IHPN sponsors “Pressing the accelerator” event at global health conference

Date of publication: 25th Sep 2019

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The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) will be sponsoring this week’s THET conference on “Transforming Global Health”, which will look at the UK’s contribution in ensuring high quality universal health coverage across the world. THET was set up over 30 years ago, and through supporting health partnerships between UK and overseas health institutions such as hospitals, universities and research centres, has provided training and education to over 93,000 health workers across 31 countries in Africa and Asia. The year’s conference,...

IHPN marks first ever World Patient Safety Day

Date of publication: 17th Sep 2019

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Patient safety is the number one priority for independent healthcare providers, and IHPN are delighted to mark the first ever World Patient Safety Day – a new initiative to raise global awareness about patient safety and encourage global solidarity and action. In the past few years, improving patient safety has undoubtedly risen up the health agenda, with everyone from the World Health Organisation (who are the architects of today’s celebration) to former Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt who declared it...

IHPN responds to new Lancet study showing UK cancer survival rates lag behind high income countries

Date of publication: 12th Sep 2019

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Responding to a new study in the Lancet Oncology that cancer survival rates in Britain are worse than those in other high income countries, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “While it’s encouraging that cancer survival rates are continuing to improve in the UK, this latest study from the Lancet contains some sobering figures, highlighting just how much more needs to be done to ensure cancer patients can access get the best possible diagnosis and...