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

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1. The premises issue. AS an owner occupier the NHS pays me a rental for use of my premises within contracted hours. I am at liberty to see as many private patients as I like in those times but if the private income exceeds 10% of practice income, the rent is abated. I pay the staff. The NHS does not. There is money in the Global Sum intended to pay the staff in contracted hours. Any money I spend on staff cones from my pocket. 2. The elephant in the system. Prescriptions. See à patient privately and they must have private scripts. Fine for Wondercillin. But what if they need a Prostap injection at £285? Or if you are trying to give best choice treatment for hypertension? I would not be amused if my patients rock up (or ring up) demanding that I change their private script to an NHS one as it's their right... Actually this, and the restriction of trade which prevents my patients choosing to pay to see me on a Saturday when I am not contracted to care for them on the NHS, is what stands in the way of a mixed NHS/Private economy

Posted date

16 Sep 2016

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12:03pm

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