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'Uber-style' private GP appointment service primed for national rollout

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Excellent idea. As GPs, we are experienced and could deal with a huge number of physical and mental conditions at a secondary care level. This training is being wasted because of our ridiculous NHS contract. The only problem with this excellent service is that most patients want rapid access to see their own NHS GP. Patients tend to have on going problems and want continuity of care. Similarly most GPs would happily spend more time with their NHS registered patients, IF they were paid for it. Putting aside simple clinical problems (though just dealing with these is probably enough to run a successful business model), a GP needs to have full access to NHS notes. Without this it can be difficult to understand the complexity of a patient's problems. Of course what really needs to happen is to change the GP contract so that we get paid according to what we do, like everywhere else in the world. Alternatively NHSE needs to define exactly what a GP is supposed to do for £110 per year.

Posted date

16 Sep 2016

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11:16am

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