David Hare

Independent healthcare providers have delivered more than 135,000 cancer treatments to NHS and private patients throughout the coronavirus pandemic, according to data compiled by the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN).

Published on World Cancer Day, the data shows that as part of the partnership agreement between the NHS and independent sector hospitals, almost 100,000 cancer treatments were delivered to NHS patients since the end of March 2020. This includes around: 50,000 chemotherapy sessions; 15,000 cancer surgeries; 20,000 cancer diagnostics tests; 5 000 cancer endoscopies; and 10,000 cancer imaging procedures.

The data shows that independent sector providers also delivered treatment to private cancer patients throughout the pandemic, with almost 35 000 medical oncology discharges from April to October last year.

IHPN chief executive David Hare said: “This past year has been a hugely worrying time for cancer patients, with the pandemic causing significant disruptions for many thousands for people needing cancer treatment. As part of the historic agreement with the NHS, I’m proud of the role that independent providers have played in ensuring cancer treatment could still continue during Covid19-with the delivery of almost 100,000 cancer surgeries, chemotherapy sessions and cancer-related diagnostic tests and endoscopies delivered to NHS patients.

“In addition, tens of thousands of private cancer patients have also benefitted from high quality life-saving treatment in the independent sector. Working in partnership, the NHS and independent sector have gone to great lengths to ensure cancer treatment can continue during the pandemic and we would urge anyone with suspected cancer symptoms to immediately talk to their GP and get checked out.”

Date published: February 4, 2021

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