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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





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  • AlanAlmond

    Seriously ...are they aware of professional indemnity costs and the risks involved for any naive Dr who does work for them? I can guarantee that any ‘Uber style’ GP service doesn’t provide any support for indemnity/insurance. That burden (as always) will be carried by the individual Dr. This kind of model is inherently risky. Wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole. Anyone thinking of it good luck, but watch out for a nasty negligence claim in 5 years after the lawyers have worked out how they can screw these Drs over. It’s new ground, but believe me they’ll be working on it and the medical negligence lawyers will be quids in the years to come. Fellow collegues be cautious, don’t set yourself up as next years medical negligence lawyer fodder

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