Consultants’ multiple site working comes under microscope

Clinicians, providers and regulators across both the NHS and independent sector must now work together to ensure patient safety is prioritised in all healthcare settings, according to the boss of the private hospitals’ trade body.

David Hare

David Hare, chief executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said the whole systems needed to build on the progress made in recent years, so that patients could have full confidence in the behaviour of those treating them.

He added: ‘Anyone that reads the testimonies of the individuals affected by Ian Paterson’s appalling crimes cannot fail to be moved by their suffering. 

‘We therefore welcome today’s report from the Bishop of Norwich, which rightly puts the voices of his victims and families at the heart of his work and makes clear that a whole-systems solution will be needed to minimise the chances of any similar cases happening again. 

‘We will study the report carefully and work with the wider healthcare sector to act on its recommendations.’

He stated that the independent sector had already taken important steps to help improve the way that healthcare settings communicated concerns about clinicians working across multiple sites.

Now the IHPN would consider the recommendations in the report to assess what more could be done.