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Removing the independent sector from the NHS is deeply misguided

Date of publication: 21st Nov 2019

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Responding to the publication of the Labour Party’s manifesto, David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said:

“Labour’s stance of removing the independent sector from the NHS is deeply misguided and would significantly undermine NHS patients’ ability to get the care they need. The reality is that the NHS has always been a blend of public and private sector provision and the independent sector plays a key role in delivering high quality, efficient, universal and free at the point of use care to NHS patients.

“Rather than improve patients’ access to care, removing the independent sector from NHS service delivery would dramatically lengthen waiting times and add millions to NHS waiting lists. For planned care, where over four million patients are waiting for treatment today, the NHS would need to build the equivalent of 42 extra hospitals just to stand still, a complete waste of taxpayers’ money.

“Whoever forms the next Government must put aside the misplaced politics of NHS ‘privatisation’ and focus on what really matters to patients and taxpayers which is an efficient and highly performing healthcare service free at the point of use.”