In this piece, published today in BMJ Opinion, CHPI Director David Rowland sets out how he sees the Paterson Inquiry’s report as yet another missed opportunity to tackle the systemic patient safety risks which lie at the heart of the private hospital business model.
A new report by the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) finds that reforms made to the NHS following the Health and Social Care Act of 2012 have impacted upon its ability to deal effectively with a possible flu pandemic.
On the day the Independent Inquiry into the Ian Patterson case published its findings, CHPI Director David Rowland appeared on ITV News to discuss our concerns that not enough is being done to address the systemic patient safety risks in private hospital treatment raised by the case.
The CHPI welcomes today’s letter from the Secretary of State to the private hospital sector which aims at reducing patient safety risks across the sector.
Up to 20 UK Trusts plan to go into business with foreign partners Patricia Hewitt, MP, former Health Secretary and Chair of the UK India Business Council, has revealed that up to 20 UK trusts are planning to go into business with healthcare providers abroad. Mrs Hewitt has suggested that by using their expertise, UK trusts can open up profitable and in-demand businesses abroad, and that the revenue could potentially help to close the... Read More
16th November 2016 Despite the announcement of a shake up for all of England’s NHS via 44 new Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) plans, little is known about what they actually mean for patients. The planning process has been secretive and details have not been published. But for a large part of the North East London footprint detailed proposals are available – the three boroughs in East London – Newham, Tower Hamlets,... Read More
Newly analysed findings from the Care Quality Commission’s new inspection regime for private hospitals suggests that there continue to be risks to patient safety associated with the distinctive nature of private hospitals in England, compared with the NHS.
Patients undergoing operations in private hospitals may be put at risk from inadequate equipment, lack of intensive care beds, unsafe staffing arrangements, and poor medical record-keeping according to a new report from the Centre for Health and the Public Interest. Read the report Read a blog on patient safety in private hospitals The report reveals that over 800 people have died unexpectedly in private hospitals in England during... Read More
New independent think tank the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) is releasing a report to-day in which it warns that the introduction of greater use of for profit providers of healthcare services as a result of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act is likely to substantially increase the amount of healthcare fraud in the NHS. This will result in less money for patient care when funds are already scarce in the NHS. In... Read More
A new report for the Centre for Health and the Public Interest shows how A&E performance has suffered across North West London following the closure of two emergency departments in 2014.
Read CHPI’s launch report, ‘Healthcare Fraud in the new NHS market – a threat to patient care’ by Professors Mark Button and Colin Leys. Read More
CHPI Research Officer Vivek Kotecha is interviewed about the charging of overseas patients for NHS care on BBC News 24.
The Government’s Private Finance 2 initiative is likely to divert more resources away from the NHS in England than the original Private Finance Initiative, according to a new report from the Centre for Health and the Public Interest.
Fewer than 1 in 10 NHS workers think the Coalition can be trusted Fewer than 1 in 10 NHS workers think that the Health Service is safe in coalition hands, according to a YouGov survey carried out for the campaign group 38 Degrees. More than two-thirds of NHS staff think that the Government’s reforms have had a negative impact on patient care. Independent Nicholson warns of £300bn funding gap opening in NHS in next 7 years Sir David... Read More
NHS Budget According to the OECD, the Government should reconsider the ring-fence around the NHS budget. Jorgen Elmeskov, Deputy Chief economist at the OECD, expresses doubts about the value of ring-fencing different budget areas, as “it tends to lead to deeper cuts in other areas which may not be warranted.” The Telegraph City A.M. End-of-week operations have a higher fatality risk The Guardian reports that research published in... Read More
All Civil Servants working for the Department of Health are to gain first-hand experience of frontline healthcare, Jeremy Hunt has announced. This is to ensure that Civil Servants working in the Department of Health have an understanding of the needs and pressures of the health service. Gov.uk There are reports that more than 6,000 hospital beds have been lost since the Coalition came to power in 2010. According to figures due to be... Read More