NHS implored to include private healthcare more

Guest writer Maria Davies gives a round-up of key themes from this year’s LaingBuisson Private Healthcare Summit.

The private healthcare sector needs to embrace new digital technology and new models of care delivery to secure future growth, delegates heard.

Almost 200 guests attended the annual event at London’s QEII centre, which this year was dominated by the challenges and opportunities presented by advan­cing technology and changing patient and payor expectations.

Stephen Dorrell: the former Health Secretary said the state should commission more healthcare from alternative providers

In his keynote address, former Health Secretary and chairman of the European Movement, Stephen Dorrell, said that as health commissioning became more outcomes-based, the NHS would need to take a more flexible approach and develop new relationships with alternative providers, including those in the private sector.