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What does "NHS privatisation" really mean to the public?

Date of publication: 30th Apr 2019

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

With current NHS proposals for legislative change being billed as necessary to "end NHS privatisation", IHPN Policy Director, David Furness, looks at the latest research on what the public really believe "NHS privatisation" represents.  Should Benjamin Franklin be around today, I’d invite him to update his famous aphorism, that in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes, and newspaper articles about NHS privatisation. Only last month, we heard that Matt Hancock is going “full...

New FOI figures show low levels of NHS competitive tendering

Date of publication: 29th Apr 2019

Categories: Latest news

New research conducted by IHPN has found that services awarded by competitive tender make up less than 2% of total CCG spending on NHS clinical services, despite the NHS seeking to change to law to free the health service from “overly rigid procurement requirements. At a recent Health Select Committee evidence session as part of their inquiry into potential legislative changes in the NHS, Simon Stevens, NHSE Chief Executive, stated that their reforms are needed to give health commissioners greater...

IHPN response to NHS pay deal row

Date of publication: 23rd Apr 2019

Categories: Latest news

Responding to news of a row between NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care over the funding of a pay rise for staff in NHS public health services, David Furness, Director of Policy at IHPN said: “Last year the Government rightly committed to ensuring that all staff on Agenda for Change contracts will be awarded a pay rise whether they work for NHS trusts or independent and third sector organisations. However staff on Agenda for Change delivering...

Less than half of public aware they have a choice of hospitals when accessing NHS treatment

Date of publication: 18th Apr 2019

Categories: Latest news

A new poll by Populus found that less than half of the public are aware that they can choose where they receive their NHS-funded hospital treatment despite the legal right to patient choice having been in place for over a decade. While NHS England have committed to ensuring that by 2020 all patients are aware of the choices available to them when choosing their NHS treatment, just 48% of the public are currently aware of these legal rights. Patients have...

IHPN responds to three year anniversary of NHS 18 week target last being hit

Date of publication: 11th Apr 2019

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In response to NHS England’s latest performance figures which mark three years since the NHS last met its target to treat 92% of elective patients within 18 weeks, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “Today’s figures mark three years since the NHS last met its constitutional target to treat 92% of elective patients within 18 weeks. This means more patients waiting in pain for vital treatment such as hip replacements and cataracts and represents a...

IHPN responds to Royal College of Surgeons report on safety in independent hospitals

Date of publication: 10th Apr 2019

Categories: Latest news

In response to the Royal College of Surgeon’s position paper ‘Recommendations for assuring standards in the independent sector’, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “Providing safe, high-quality care for patients is the top priority for independent healthcare providers, and in their recent report the Care Quality Commission rated over 70% of acute independent hospitals as good or outstanding. “However the case of Ian Paterson – who worked in both the NHS and the independent sector...

IHPN welcome appointment of Jim Easton to NHS Assembly

Date of publication: 28th Mar 2019

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Responding to the appointment of IHPN Vice Chair and Care UK Managing Director Jim Easton to the new NHS Assembly, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said: “We’re delighted that Jim has been appointed to the NHS Assembly which will play a pivotal role in ensuring the delivery of the Long Term Plan and shaping the future direction of the health service. Jim has a strong record in leading both NHS and independent health sector organisations...

Throwing the baby out with the bath water

Date of publication: 22nd Mar 2019

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Following on from IHPN's event on "How will patient choice and personalisation work in Integrated Care Systems", Reform Director Andrew Haldenby gives his reflections on the future direction of the NHS Earlier this week I was lucky enough to speak at an event organised by the Independent Healthcare Providers’ Network, the body that represents private sector organisations working in partnership with the NHS. The event asked whether the NHS can do two things that look contradictory: deliver a more responsive...

NAO report demonstrates desperate lack of NHS elective capacity

Date of publication: 22nd Mar 2019

Categories: Latest news

Responding to the NAO’s report on “NHS waiting times for elective and cancer treatment”, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “Today’s NAO report demonstrates once again the desperate lack of elective capacity in the NHS which is forcing patients to wait ever longer for vital treatment such as hip replacements and cataracts. “It’s now been almost three years since the NHS last met its target to treat 92% of elective patients within 18 weeks and...

NHS England's review into waiting times targets - how 11 can be much longer than 18

Date of publication: 18th Mar 2019

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

On 11 March, NHS England’s Medical Director, Steve Powis, published his clinical review of NHS access standards. The proposals to change the four-hour A&E waiting target grabbed the headlines, but the potential changes to the 18-week waiting standard could have a profound effect on potentially millions of patients argues IHPN's data analyst Graham Kendall. The case for change Digital appointments. The report argues that the NHS Long Term Plan’s proposal to introduce digital appointments will mean that “over the next...