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The Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) ( is the only independent, non-party think tank promoting a vision of health and social care based on accountability and the public interest in the UK. Founded in 2011, with a shoe-string budget and volunteer staff, we have since become a respected and authoritative think-tank and recently secured substantial funding from the Economic and Social Research Council... Read More
“Professional Standards Authority issues important patient safety warning about the growth of for-profit healthcare in the UK” David Rowland Director of CHPI   The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) – the statutory body which oversees healthcare professional regulation in the UK – has issued warnings about potential patient safety risks from the growth in for-profit healthcare in the UK, which it says regulators... Read More
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
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.  ... Read More
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... 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. 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