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AIHO letter to The Guardian regarding ‘Hospitals are in a state of war’ article

Press Release - 10 February 2017

Dear Sir,

The article “Hospitals are in state of 'war', UK government adviser says” (10 February) reports on the number of non-urgent operations undertaken by the independent sector.

Amid increasing pressures on the NHS, the independent sector is helping to alleviate NHS capacity demands at no extra cost to taxpayers. Our involvement also provides greater choice to NHS funded patients. We believe there needs to be a strategic conversation between the NHS and the independent sector about how we can collaboratively plan and work together to ensure the system is sustainable. This will enable us to meet Britain’s growing healthcare demands and ensure more patients have swift access to the care they need.

Yours sincerely,

Fiona Booth

Chief Executive of the Association of Independent Healthcare Organisations

 

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Background notes

  • The Association of Independent Healthcare Organisations (AIHO) is the trade association for independent acute hospitals.
  • AIHO represents over 250 hospitals that operate in the charitable and private sector, and provide vital care for thousands of NHS, insured and self-paying patients.

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