Future Healthcare

Cut NHS waits with private units’ help

By Douglas Shepherd

The private hospitals trade body has urged NHS bosses to come up with a firm strategy involving independent units to bring down rocketing waiting times.

As many as 4.23m people were waiting to start planned, consultant-led hospital treatment in the first quarter of 2019 – 10% more than the same period last year.

The NHS England performance figures, showing the NHS failed to meet its target to stabilise waiting lists for elective treatment, were described as ‘shocking’ by the BMA.

David Hare

David Hare, chief executive of the Independent Healthcare Prov­iders Network (IHPN), said the NHS last year made a clear commitment to keep waiting lists for routine care stable and to halve the number of people waiting more than 52 weeks for treatment.