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GPs offered £150k to provide online consultations from home

A private health insurer is claiming GPs can earn up to £150,000 per year working from home on its online consultation service.

Vitality – formerly PruHealth – is looking for 10 UK-based GPs to staff the online GP service offered to all of its health insurance customers.

The GPs would have to undertake 20 hours of training, within a fortnight, after which the health insurer is promising pay of £60 per hour.

It follows moves by other firms to offer online consultations with private GPs, as reported by Pulse, although they have been criticised as ‘Martini medicine’ by GP leaders.

GPs will provide 15-minute GP consultations via webcam and authorise electronic private prescriptions.

The advert – which has been placed in Pulse and featured in Roy Lilley’s NHS Manager’s blog – said the UK-based company is aiming to expand its recruitment of GPs ‘as quickly as possible as it is proving to be an extremely successful service’, adding that interested GPs ‘could potentially earn up to £150k per year just for working from home’.

Following training, which includes online modules as well as a face-to-face IT system training session, GPs can book in for ‘flexible’ shifts during Monday to Friday 8am-7pm and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays when the service is available.

The news comes as Pulse reported last month on a new online service offering patients 10-minute online GP consultations via video link for £25 per session. The new service – called Push Doctor – has a network of more than 7,000 GPs who are available from 6am to 10pm for appointments, and works through an app that patients can download.

NB: This article has been produced independently by the Pulse editorial team, with no influence or payment made by the advertiser.

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  • Plug

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  • Why is this even on the site? Plus £60 an hour is peanuts for GP skills.

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  • Do you get a poster with a doctor's office to hang up in the background?
    Can I consult with no trousers on?
    Sign me up!

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  • Forty eight hour working week with no holidays at all or 54 hour week with 6 weeks holiday. Just goes to show just what Good value GPs can be when they are earning less than £150k

    Can see a few going for this for the convenience, but £60 isn't a lot bearing on mind the indemnity costs.

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  • Please sir, where can I buy a webcam that will let me listen to a patient's chest?

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  • Is the indemnity cost more or less,this way of working doesnt seem as medicolegally safe as a face to face consult.

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  • I spoke to MDDUS about indemnity for this kind of thing. They rated the saturday bits as private OOH GP and wanted £4000 a session even though it wasn't face to face!

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  • Don Fulton, you can buy it here!

    You shouldn't have asked :)

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  • And all the on-line doctors will be advising patients "you need to see your NHS GP within the next 24h" just in case they missed something on camera!!

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  • Vinci Ho

    Currently reading Michael J. Sandel's book : What money can't buy : the moral limits of markets
    He talked about 'concierge doctors' in America.

    From Wikipedia , we have definition:
    Concierge medicine (also known as retainer medicine) is a relationship between a patient and a primary care physician in which the patient pays an annual fee or retainer. This may or may not be in addition to other charges. In exchange for the retainer, doctors provide enhanced care, including principally a commitment to limit patient loads to ensure adequate time and availability for each patient.[1]

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