AIHO News & Review May 2017
CEO Update - Healthy Manifestos?
All the main political parties have now published their manifestos, which all included pledges to increase funding for the NHS.
However, analysis from the Health Foundation (amongst others) found that all the funding commitments fall short of what is required to meet the demands on the health service over the next five years. Whatever party is elected on 8th June, the NHS will continue to find itself financially squeezed.
It was notable that the Conservative manifesto made no explicit mention of patient choice. That said, the manifesto supports the implementation of the Five Year Forward View, which has patient choice built into it. Interestingly, the Conservative manifesto is also open to legislative change if “the current landscape is seen to be slowing implementation of improved patient care or preventing clear national or local accountability”. Something to look out for.
All parties recognise the necessity of ensuring clarity for EU employees within health and social care. However, both Labour and the Conservatives have promised to end freedom of movement. As part of AIHO’s work within the Cavendish Coalition, we now have a robust set of data on the contribution EEA employees make to the independent healthcare sector. The overall breakdown of the sector’s workforce is as follows:
- British workforce – 76%
- EEA workforce – 11%
- Non-EEA workforce – 8%
- Unknown – 5%
June will bring a new government, with the possibility of a new team at the Department of Health. AIHO are already preparing a programme of engagement on behalf of our members. Upcoming issues that AIHO will be responding to are: the proposed Green Paper on health and social care integration and the independent inquiry into the Ian Paterson case.
Fiona Booth, AIHO Chief Executive
Fiona Booth, AIHO Chief Executive
Book a place - AIHO members’ seminar - Monday 19 June, 2:30pm-6pm in London
This AIHO members only seminar is free and will cover the following:
- CQC Factual Accuracy Stage - Carlton Sadler, Senior Associate Bevan Brittan LLP
- Brexit and The Cavendish Coalition - Daniel Mortimer, Chief Executive, NHS Employers and Chair of The Cavendish Coalition
- Key Principles - Consent and Capacity - Stuart Marchant, Partner / Amrit Sumal, Solicitor Bevan Brittan LLP
- Implications of General Data Protection Regulation - Peter Wainman, Partner, Mills & Reeves LLP.
The seminar will be followed by the AIHO Summer Reception at the same venue.
AIHO responds to the Royal College of Surgeons open letter on patient safety
The Royal College of Surgeons has written an open letter on patient safety in response to the Ian Paterson case.
Like patients and other healthcare professionals, surgeons across the UK were appalled by the behaviour of breast surgeon Ian Paterson. He wilfully abused the trust placed in him by people at their most vulnerable. He misled patients and performed unnecessary and unorthodox operations, potentially for personal, financial gain.
The open letter received widespread coverage and AIHO’s response below is quoted in The Telegraph and the National Health Executive.
- Read The Telegraph article, 16 May 2017
- Read the National Health Executive article, 23 May 2017
- Download the RCS Open Letter (PDF)
Fiona Booth’s statement was as follows:
“The independent sector is already regulated and inspected by the CQC in the same way as NHS hospitals to ensure patient safety and a high quality of care is delivered.
"AIHO are working with national bodies to look at ways in which the sector can be further involved in the collection of best data on clinical standards.”
AIHO & NHSPN letter to The Times
AIHO also collaborated with NHS Partners Network to highlight the importance of patient safety by writing a joint letter to The Times in response to an opinion piece by Colin Leyes of CHPI.
The politics of health
In the midst of Brexit and the upcoming elections AIHO emphasises the need for political leaders to get creative on NHS policy.
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Kings Fund view on whether the NHS is being privatised
In a series of ‘Big Election Questions’ the Kings Fund argue that there is little evidence of widespread NHS privitisation and that the NHS benefits from partnerships.
In this excellent article, the Kings Fund points out that following the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the number of contracts awarded to private providers increased, though there is little evidence of a significant increase in spending on the private sector or widespread privatisation of NHS services. In many cases the use of independent providers to treat NHS patients reflects operational challenges facing NHS organisations and is a continuation of longstanding practices. The Kings Fund take the view that provided patients receive care that it is timely and free at the point of use, the provider of a service is less important than the quality and efficiency of the care they deliver. More positively, the NHS can benefit from partnerships and joint ventures with the private sector to deliver some clinical and non-clinical services.
Unless stated otherwise, all conferences are held in London.
The Private Healthcare Summit, 20 June 2017
The fourth annual Private Healthcare Summit will take place on June 20th, 2017 at the QEII Centre in the heart of Westminster. Around 200 of the country’s senior executives from the industry come together to listen, debate and network. The event has been praised for the quality of the speakers, the content and the networking opportunities. The Summit is supported by AIHO and the Independent Doctors Federation.
- Read more about the Private Healthcare Summit 2017
- Watch Fiona Booth’s clip recorded for the conference
National Independent Healthcare Summit 2017, 10 July
The conference will focus on learning from a range of organisations rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and give tips on how to improve your organisation on a whole. AIHO members are eligible for a 20% discount off the delegate rate – quote the code hcuk20aiho when booking.
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