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Private hospital to charge patients £95 for GP appointment

A private hospital group has introduced a new ‘GP Private Service’ which will see patients paying £95 for a 30-minute consultation, which it claims is a result of the ‘frustration’ of patients in obtaining a ‘timely GP appointment’.

The Berkshire Independent Hospital, part of the Ramsay Health Care Group, claims that the scheme has been launched to meet the hospital’s rising demand from patients requiring fast, convenient and timely appointments.

Patients will be offered same-day appointments, bespoke health assessments and a travel medicine service including vaccinations, physiotherapy, acupuncture and flu vaccines.

James Barr, the hospital’s general manager said the new service gives patients more ‘choice’ of when they want to access the service.

He said: ‘In recent months we have taken enquiries asking us if we could offer a private GP Service. Those calls have increased because there is frustration at the delay to obtain a timely GP appointment. We are giving people a choice by providing convenient times that suit them to access the service.’

‘The longer consultations are better for patients because it gives GPs more time to provide a comprehensive diagnosis. This is a tailored approach as we are able to offer a level of care that is right for that particular patient.’

Readers' comments (15)

  • That's Conservative?

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  • This isn't news it's an advert.

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  • A developing market in private primary care - Mr Cameron and Mr Hunt must be chuffed - quality primary care for the rich, an underfunded crap basic 'safety net' for everyone else .

    The Tory party - building a divided country for the benefit of the rich, and why not - they've all earned their bonuses...haven't they?

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  • The Market stirs,watch out once it wakes up there will be no contolling it,it will find tis own level.On a pluse note this values a 10 minute appointment at £32.67.Interesting.

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  • I wonder if the retained GPs are on a zero hours contract, no punters=no pay.

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  • If the NHS collapses it won't be particularly bad for doctors. Of course it will be bad for patients but I'm afraid they are somewhat complicit in all of this by not appreciated what good value primary care is. They'll miss it when it's gone...

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  • No doubt patients will be "fully"investigated by Ramsay health. Who will pay for any medication prescribed?

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  • 11.29 ha ha. The patient will 'timely' be demanding the prescription/investigation on the NHS by email or Skype or telephone the following day placing the burden back on the NHS GPs - although you can say no!
    190 quid and hour I wonder what the GP pay is.

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  • 11:29

    Patients will no doubt be taking their private prescriptions to us to be 'converted' into a NHS script because they will think they are already paying for the running of the NHS and now they are paying £95 extra for a GP consultation, they HAVE to get something back right!?

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  • Anonymous | Sessional/Locum GP | 06 May 2014 7:59pm

    Over £100 billion a year goes into the NHS yet it can't cope with demand and patients are never happy. How much should the public pay for it ? £200 billion? more? Are we going to work for free to subsidize it? Not me!

    As the US has found out health demand is insatiable. Funding healthcare is a global problem and there is no easy answer. Most studies show the NHS as good value for money but when you have a society that has expectations of perfect unlimited 'free' care there are going to be problems. The money has to come from somewhere. Unless the government and public are willing to pay a lot more (GDP 20%?) the type of universal care that people say they want will never happen. This means that people have to be realistic about the amount and quality of care that they can get. If not they will soon find they will get no care at all unless they pay directly for it.

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