Private providers ready to tackle NHS backlog

Private providers have urged the Government to tackle record NHS waiting lists by tearing into the backlog of care as a major priority.

The private sector will need to play a significant role to help, according to The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN). 

David Hare

Chief executive David Hare said: ‘Independent providers have now delivered over 3.2 million NHS operations, consultations, chemotherapy sessions and scans since last March under the historic national deal with NHS England – with over 305,000 NHS procedures delivered by the sector in February 2021 alone.

‘The NHS and the independent sector will build on this extraordinary partnership to give NHS patients access to the best possible NHS care, free at the point of use.’

Meanwhile the Royal College of Surgeons of England is calling for investment on a scale last seen in the 2000s, to get back on track meeting NHS waiting time standards.

NHS waiting times statistics show the NHS has not met the legal 18-week standard for hospital treatment for five years. 

Only 64.5% of patients in February waiting for hospital treatment were treated within 18 weeks, against the Government’s target of 92%. In total, 387,885 people are now waiting over 18 weeks.

The total waiting list for hospital treatment is a record 4.7 million people – the highest the figure has been since records began in 2007. 

College vice-president Mr Tim Mitchell called for a ‘new deal for surgery’ with investment on a scale last seen in the 2000s, to get back on track meeting NHS waiting time standards.