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Douglas Callow

  • What has Babylon ever done for us?

    Douglas Callow's comment 06 Apr 2018 12:11pm

    Nice one Tony
    I suspect this is now unstoppable
    Jam for those practices that get into bed with these new providers pain for those who don't
    Can see newbie GPs and those nearing retirement loving this and then just watch as the work goes to ANPs
    I could do with a new car as well-Tempting but for all the wrong reasons

  • GP practices double the number of patients with online access

    Douglas Callow's comment 06 Apr 2018 12:06pm

    what about those practices who signpost and triage to better manage demand and capacity and to ensure right person right place right time Very GP5YFV but by definition we wouldn't want to offer direct gp online booking
    Right hand left hand ?

  • Physio 'first contact' service set to be rolled out next year in GP practices

    Douglas Callow's comment 19 Oct 2017 2:04pm

    all sounds great but so hard to police Demand will spiral and costs soar Practice based physio is easier to manage IMHO Look at PCH we
    re there are many examples of how this can benefit stretched general practice

  • Revealed: NHS's plans to bar patients from attending A&E without a referral

    Douglas Callow's comment 13 Oct 2017 1:26pm

    claptrap-I am not commissioned or contracted to provide urgent care as a GP As others have said arriving in an ambulance is not a compelling marker for severity of illness either-whole system reform as part of STP or ACS might get you where you need to be but we are 15-25% adrift of the sort of funding we need to be able to deliver gold standard care and cant hold onto the workforce

  • All hail our new GP robot overlords

    Douglas Callow's comment 19 Sep 2017 4:53pm

    AI will be the norm. Babylon are pushing hard to become first port of call for transactional healthcare users for a modest £5/month Might be courting GPs and doctors to start with but as AI systems learn the sophistication and nuances of interactions from experience built up in the next 5-10 years expect this to be ANPs medical technicians its inevitable. Watch Year Million on Nat Geo I think, for a glimpse of the ''disruption'' silicon valley and AI that we might expect to see in the future.

  • Indemnity provider announces ‘price freeze’ for GPs

    Douglas Callow's comment 11 Sep 2017 4:07pm

    Really great news so pleased I moved to them in April when MDU without any sort of reasonable explanation sent me a renewal premium up by 40% from the previous year. MDDUS transition was smooth and they are cheaper than MDU were the previous year and cover longer sessions. MDU IMHO have either become too big and lost control of risk or are no longer competitive for other commercial reasons. Be warned !!

  • 'Indemnity fees are killing our profession' - sign this letter to Jeremy Hunt

    Douglas Callow's comment 06 Sep 2017 1:23pm

    Agree fully Dr Douglas Mark Callow Chapel lane surgery Formby Merseyside

  • GPC in urgent talks as indemnity makes general practice 'untenable' by autumn

    Douglas Callow's comment 31 Jul 2017 11:47am

    In danger of becoming like the car insurance industry with MDO's lawyers , no win no fee solicitors and suing the NHS is my equivalent of the lottery ticket punters all doing rather nicely at the expense of the poor sods paying for the privilege of indemnity.
    Time to stop and adopt Australian or SAfrican approach to risk ASAP

  • No financial compensation for GPs affected by performers list delays

    Douglas Callow's comment 24 Mar 2017 10:57am

    Sue and BMA should cover legal costs

  • GPs set for new enhanced service for urgent home visits under NHS plans

    Douglas Callow's comment 25 Nov 2016 3:07pm

    I couldn't agree more with Paul Bunting 10:30am This is what happens when government chose not to continue investment in NHS-- flat cash -- a 20bn NHS black hole
    Dont address the cash cow behavior of some Trusts around UC-- take the money no system wide chnage until STP has forced their hands
    Reduced investment in primary care-- cant cope with demand and cant offer capacity to meet need or perceived need
    Chose to subject social care to austerity measures-- add an ageing population and Brexit just for good measure
    Primary care moving away from anticipatory care like the GP you refer to (though arguably a community service could do this) as no resource

    you couldn't make it up!!
    solution is however down to us (STPs and health economies) as DH UK Gov not showing any signs yet of spending whats required----or maybe a hard winter will see all the wrong headlines and ministers and MPs will have to act
    Problem is £2.5 trillion debt Cant really borrow anymore ?!!

  • Longer GP consultations 'don't significantly improve patient experience'

    Douglas Callow's comment 02 Nov 2016 12:06pm

    I agree with 1051am in part we absolutely do need to provide variable length appointments depending on need and some form of traige or signposting.

    Continuity of care can be invaluable with older patients with more complexity and is obviously of value in terms of follow up after initial consult and review/investigations etc so not back and white for me.

    But DH 5YFV CMC CQC Politicians Defence unions Media and our patients and public in that order need to cotton onto the fact that new ways of working are needed to keep the lights on.

    The percentage of GDP being spent on healthcare in 2015-16 was 6.6%; in the year 2000 it was 6.2%... we are now spending about the same as Slovenia and Iceland and behind Greece and Belgium.

    The NHS can't balance the books, it is facing demand it cannot stem and has no power to stop.

    The solutions; rationing, waiting lists, co-payments or more money.
    There is less money.

    Racing through surgeries every day with no control on capacity or demand is a recipe for error burnout and a deterioration in an already strained doctor patient relationship

    Mrs May et al its your Your call.