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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."

NHS strikes new COVID surge deal with independent sector

Date of publication: 10th Jan 2022

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Local hospitals will be able to quickly activate surge capacity in the independent sector as part of the national COVID response, under a new deal announced today. A three-month agreement with multiple independent healthcare organisations will see their staff and facilities put on standby to support the NHS should the Omicron variant lead to unsustainable levels of hospitalisations or staff absences. The deal, which has been struck under direction from the Secretary of State, comes on top of the NHS...

IHPN responds to Health Select Committee report on "clearing the backlog"

Date of publication: 6th Jan 2022

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Responding to the Health and Social Care Select Committee’s new report into “Clearing the backlog caused by the pandemic”, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “With NHS waiting lists at a record high and likely to grow significantly in light of the omicron variant, we welcome today’s Health and Care Select Committee report and join their call for a national health and care recovery plan to tackle waiting lists and improve access to care. “Given...

The role of healthcare in tackling climate change - is the weather about to change?

Date of publication: 20th Dec 2021

Categories: Independent Healthcare Voices

Much has been written about climate change in the past few months as the great and the good converged on Glasgow in November for the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference. Many commentators more qualified than me have debated whether COP26 was a success or not and whether it delivered what it needed to. But regardless of your thoughts on this, what is clear is that organisations and industries need to be striving towards net zero sooner rather than later with...

IHPN statement on Government response to Paterson inquiry

Date of publication: 16th Dec 2021

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Responding to the publication of the Government’s response to the Paterson inquiry, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: “We welcome the Government’s response to the Bishop of Norwich’s important inquiry into the case of Ian Paterson. Anyone who read the Bishop’s report couldn’t fail to be moved by the suffering of the victims involved and it’s absolutely right that the Government’s response continues to put the voices of his victims and families at its...

IHPN response to NHS England guidance on omicron and winter pressures

Date of publication: 14th Dec 2021

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Responding to the latest NHS England guidance on “Preparing the NHS for the potential impact of the Omicron variant and other winter pressures”, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “Despite the multiple pressures facing the NHS this winter – not least the rapid acceleration of the covid booster programme – it is absolutely essential that non-Covid services are able to continue in the NHS, and the independent sector represents an important way of enabling that...

IHPN responds to NHS waiting lists hitting 6m

Date of publication: 9th Dec 2021

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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...