Honours for private providers’ spokesman

David Hare

Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) chief executive David Hare has been awarded an MBE in the 2023 New Year’s Honours List for services to healthcare, particularly during Covid-19. 

Since his appointment in 2014, membership has grown from 26 to almost 100 members and the organisation’s role has expanded to include critical work to improve standards and patient safety in the sector. 

This has been seen through his work in bringing together independent healthcare providers to implement the Medical Practi­tioners Assurance Framework – used by the Care Quality Commission in assessing how well-led an independent service is. It is now a requirement for all independent providers under the NHS’ 2022-23 Standard Contract. 

IHPN’s chairman Lord Patel of Bradford said: ‘This award is in recognition of David’s invaluable contribution to the pandemic response, which resulted in millions of NHS patients being able to access treatment in the independent healthcare sector which they would otherwise not have been able to. 

‘Under his leadership, IHPN has gone from strength to strength and his commitment to ensuring a thriving independent healthcare sector which delivers the highest quality care to both NHS and private patients is recognised across the entire healthcare sector.’ 

Mr Hare is on the Government’s NHS backlogs taskforce which is looking at how independent providers can be better used to reduce waiting times for NHS patients.

He said: ‘The award is a reflection of the great contribution which the independent healthcare sector makes to the health of the nation, and in particular the care that was delivered to millions of patients during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.’