Written evidence submitted by The Association of Medical Insurers and Intermediaries (CBP0002)

 

A COLLOBORATIVE WORKING PARTY APPROACH

 

We are AMII, The Association of Medical Insurers and Intermediaries, a trade body representing the intermediated distribution channel for Health & Wellbeing in the private sector together with the main Insurance Providers of Health & Protection Insurance. In total we have c130 member firms supplying several thousand advisors and staff who are offering help and assistance to the UK public in relation to accessing private healthcare treatment. Our corporate members include all of the main Medical Insurance Companies such as BUPA; AXA; AVIVA; Vitality etc.

This pandemic has seen unprecedented pressure to all elements of NHS and Care Services. Whilst we applaud the heroic efforts of NHS and other key workers during this crisis, including Private Sector staff, it is blatantly obvious that unless there is absolute collaboration across all political parties (the pandemic is not about politics!); across the unified services of the United Kingdom i.e., England; Wales; Scotland and Northern Ireland (the pandemic does not recognise different countries or local borders!); across ALL departments of Health & Social Care nationally and locally; across public and private sectors, then the legacy of this dreadful pandemic will last generations and will last longer than is necessary.

Our projections are that members of the public waiting for elective treatment include cancer, cardiovascular, and mental health will not be fully known until the vaccination programme reaches 85+% of the entire population. We suggest that inpatient waiting lists could top 7 million with, at present, unquantifiable outpatient, and diagnostic waiting periods.

To tackle this issue, we advocate a collaborative approach with the formation of a working party broadly consisting of the following representative bodies:

The Chair of this working party could be drawn from past Health Secretaries possibly still active in the House of Lords.

The governance agenda to be decided but concentrating on collaborative working practices between public and private sectors on a “not for profit” basis to tackle Long Covid

Use of the Private sector, again “not for profit” and regionally controlled to tackle the cancer backlog.

We also advocate a separate working party to investigate and evaluate the effect of the pandemic on mental health provision both NHS and private.

The working parties should consider :

Sept 2021