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GP resigns from CCG leadership over links to private online provider

The GP who chairs NHS Warrington CCG has resigned due to his role at private online provider Push Doctor, after the company secured a deal to offer video consultations to NHS patients.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Birmingham-based super-practice Modality Partnership is launching a pilot with Push Doctor this month to offer video appointments to a quarter of its 400,000 patients.

A statement from the CCG said Dr Dan Bunstone, who has been Push Doctor’s chief medical officer since May, ‘stated from day one that should Push Doctor start to work with the NHS that he would consider his position’.

‘At the end of last week, formal agreement was reached for Push Doctor to work with Modality, an organisation that holds NHS contracts. Given this Dr Bunstone has taken the very difficult decision to resign from his post at NHS Warrington CCG,’ the CCG added.

But Dr Bunstone’s resignation, which was confirmed earlier this week, also comes just days after 16 out of the 24 GP member practices of Warrington CCG penned a letter of ‘no confidence’ in the commissioning body’s leadership.

The letter, seen by Pulse, refers to ‘disappointing behaviours’ by Dr Bunstone and his colleague, clinical chief officer Dr Andy Davies.

It also mentions the ‘unjust’ dismissal of a separate elected GP representative of the CCG’s governing body.

NHS Warrington CCG expressed ‘disappointment’ at the letter and said no issues had been raised formally in relation to either Dr Davies or Dr Bunstone.

 

 

Readers' comments (4)

  • I hope that 'no issues raised formally' is not code for 'we just ignored them' otherwise I will have to come down and visit. or maybe not

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  • AlanAlmond

    Oh another ‘fascinating’ article with a push Dr theme.

    F:;&k you, sorry I meant, thank you PULSE.

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  • Yeah, that's how you do it. The lady in Medway PCT who was involved in the procurement process in Medway moved to a Consultant position with the winner in 2008.
    Once they've taken the backhanders, what's the harm in resigning - very convenient but that is how the whole of NHS is working more 'efficiently' in some areas like ours than in others. No conflict of interest - I'm resigning but the Contract has been given so what!

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  • Totally agree with Unscepted. What was the basis for the letter of no confidence? Are there concerns over mismanagement of conflict of interest? If so, a formal investigation should take place.

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