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IHPN responds to record NHS waiting list figures

Date of publication: 10th Mar 2022

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Responding to the latest NHS performance figures, David Furness, Director of Policy at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “With today’s figures showing yet another record NHS waiting list of 6.1 million, it’s vital that the Secretary of State’s commitments this week to give patients more choice and control of their care are now translated into concrete action to improve access to treatment. “Currently less than half of the public are aware that they can choose where they receive...

Over 4,000 NHS junior doctors trained in the independent health sector since 2020

Date of publication: 10th Mar 2022

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Over 4,000 NHS junior doctors have undertaken their training in independent healthcare providers since 2020, following a landmark agreement to increase training opportunities in the sector. In a new report published today, the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) sets out the progress that has been made since the agreement was reached in September 2020 between IHPN, Health Education England (HEE), NHS England and the Confederation of Postgraduate Schools of Surgery to ensure the independent healthcare sector is able to play...

IHPN responds to new "Right to Choose" for NHS patients

Date of publication: 8th Mar 2022

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Responding to the Secretary of State’s speech on NHS reform, David Furness, Director of Policy at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “We welcome today’s announcement from the Health Secretary to bolster patient choice rights and ensure that those patients waiting the longest for NHS treatment are given clear options to access faster treatment, whether in an NHS or independent provider. “Despite record high NHS waiting times, patients’ awareness of their legal right to choose the fastest possible treatment...

Changing the law on hymenoplasty - reflections from the independent expert panel

Date of publication: 2nd Mar 2022

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Last month the government announced an amendment to the Health and Care Bill, based on the recommendation of an independent expert panel, that will make hymenoplasty illegal. IHPN's Director of Regulation, Dawn Hodgkins, was invited to join the independent expert panel and represent the independent sector in the discussions concerning a hymenoplasty ban -  a fascinating experience in seeing first-hand how policy on a complex healthcare issues (with significant ethical and legal ramifications) is developed. Hymenoplasty is a surgical procedure...

Time to take our temperature again…

Date of publication: 16th Feb 2022

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Back in September 2021, IHPN produced an Industry Barometer which provided a snapshot of how our members view their current business environment. The questions focussed around four areas:  the market; relationships with the NHS, commissioners and systems; the impact of the coronavirus pandemic; and safety, quality and the workforce. The responses captured a moment in time and told a fascinating story of what the key issues are facing independent healthcare who deliver both NHS and privately funded services.  This all...

How can the independent sector play its role in NHS elective recovery?

Date of publication: 11th Feb 2022

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

It arrived several weeks later than initially planned due to Omicron and was prefixed in the days before launch with political tension over its scale of ambition, an issue which is likely to become even starker when the planned National Insurance rise kicks in this April, but finally on Tuesday of this week the government and the NHS launched their plan for tackling the Covid-19 backlog of elective care which has built up as a result of the pandemic. The...

IHPN responds to latest NHS performance figures

Date of publication: 10th Feb 2022

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Responding to the latest NHS performance figures out today, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said:   “This week saw the welcome publication of the NHS’ elective recovery plan but with today’s figures showing yet another record NHS waiting list of 6.1 million, it’s vital that those commitments are now translated into concrete action which swiftly improves patients’ access to care. “As the recovery plan makes clear, the independent sector has a key role to play...

IHPN responds to new NHS elective recovery plan

Date of publication: 8th Feb 2022

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Responding to the publication of the NHS’ elective recovery plan, David Hare, Chief Executive of Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “With NHS waiting lists at a record high and millions of patients left struggling in pain due to delays in treatment, we welcome today’s NHS elective recovery strategy which sets out a clear plan of action to improve patient access to care. “Given the scale of the backlog, it’s vital an “all shoulders to the wheel” approach is taken...

IHPN responds to announcement of new 10 Year Cancer Plan

Date of publication: 4th Feb 2022

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Responding to the Government’s announcement of a new 10 Year Cancer Plan, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “We welcome the Government’s commitment to develop a 10 year Cancer Plan to improve both the detection and treatment of cancer for millions of people every year. “Independent healthcare providers played a vital role in ensuring NHS cancer care could continue during the pandemic – delivering over 140,000 cancer treatments to NHS patients during 2020/21. To ensure...

IHPN responds to Government policy change on mandatory vaccinations

Date of publication: 1st Feb 2022

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Responding to the Government's decision to reverse their position on mandatory covid vaccinations for health and care professionals, Dawn Hodgkins, Director of Regulation at IHPN said: "Independent providers have been working tirelessly in recent months to support those staff who are vaccine-hesitant to get vaccinated. "While vaccination will no longer be a condition of deployment, providers in the sector will continue to encourage staff to get the vaccine and ensure that patients are as safe as possible."