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‘Uber-like’ GP providers seek doctors for national rollout

Two new on-demand GP appointment platforms will be launching on a national scale after securing sufficient funding.

Doctaly and ZoomDoc, which both identify themselves as ‘Uber-like apps because their GPs are self-employed, have raised a total of £884,180 and £486,065 respectively.

As part of their national expansion programme, they are both looking at recruiting GPs across the UK.

Doctaly, which secured funding from 1,185 large and small investors via crowd-funding, has said it is making face-to-face appointments 'affordable' for patients, who would pay from £39.99 to £69.99 depending on the time and day of the week.

Doctaly chief executive and co-founder Ben Teichman said: ‘We are now actively on-boarding GPs across the UK to see more patients, creating an additional level of appointment supply and thereby an additional income stream for doctors.’

ZoomDoc, which charges from £99 to £200 for home visits and £25 to £40 for telephone advice, is also targeting NHS work by pitching for out-of-hours provider work.

Plans have been met with wariness by some GP leaders, who fear they will 'fragment' public services and lead to privatisation of the NHS.

But Mr Teichman added: ‘It’s important to point out that every Doctaly patient is one less person in the NHS queue.’

Zoom Doc chief executive Dr Kenny Livingstone said: 'We are in discussion with several CCGs and many LMCs looking at collaborative projects within the NHS.'

Please note, there were errors in a previous draft of this story. These have been rectified. Apologies for any confusion caused





Readers' comments (11)

  • CEO is 'on-boarding' GPs for house visits at affordable £39.99 - £69.99. Does he mean 'water-boarding'???

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  • What’s the actual GP take home rate?

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  • AlanAlmond

    ‘A Dr madam?..certainly. Would you like fries with that?’

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  • £60 for private GP consult for 10 minute appointment,in Southern Ireland 40-50 euros for GP consult both 10 minutes think again uber want to bed doesn't cover the indemnity or risk.?What about the script cost to the patient have you included that i the price they wont get an NHS script.

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  • Home visits starting at £39.99??

    A GP consultation at the surgery is estimated to cost the NHS £45 so I can't see how this would add up.

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  • Just Your Average Joe

    Costed as a race to the bottom - look at how much emergency plumbers etc cost and think again.

    Value yourself that low and it will result in a failure of applicants as it will be better paid to work in the sweat shops of OOH!

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  • We should all be very pleased with this development. It will take activity out of the NHS without impact income. It will also hopefully be the leader for the introduction of a flat fee for NHS GP consultations which will instantaneously improve our working lives by increasing income and reducing demand.

    Unfortunately the cardigans, socialists and self sacrificing in our ranks will say this is not like the old days or "traditional" GP and will try and prevent it rather than doing something to improve lives for themselves.

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  • National Hopeless Service

    I have been in practice for nearly 30 years and all the numerous attempts at immediate private doctor services slip into the abyss because however crap the NHS is its still free.

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  • I have to disagree with drwho-it will not take that much activity out of the nhs - any gp consultation has the potential to be the start of a pathway of investigation,followup,onward referrals and even if it is all perfectly appropriate and means more meeting of reasonable needs gets done, its going to default to the registered gp most of the time.

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  • 'on-boarding' GPs. well Jeremy that is better than 'water-boarding' them.

    bother, I should have looked at the comments before writing

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