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


I am a full time NHS GP. I created Doctaly in an attempt to redress the balance. For too long there has been a total disconnect in what our monopolised NHS contracts offer us, for perceived versus actual activity. I have found that supply will never meet demand because it is free. GPs and more recently junior doctors have been the easiest targets for cost cutting despite repeated calls from the profession that funding is required. I know great doctors who have been totally demoralised and turned into faceless cogs worthy of culling at the drop of a hat. I want to bring value and appreciation of general practice and champion excelling GPs be that salaried or principals. Private care already exists so why can't the ones doing all the complex NHS work be the ones who benefit from what dissenters call "cherry picking". Hospitals have been doing this for years to balance their books whilst also being paid on activity. The same can be seen in dentistry. I fundamentally believe that by creating extra affordable appointments which are fair to the GP, pressures will invariably be taken away from NHS services creating a level of order. The patient who pays would have gone on to use an NHS services be that A&E or a GP appointment. Ultimately I hope to bring an appreciation of a GP appointment and in turn, force proper funding of primary care by bringing a little bit of power back to the GP.

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18 Sep 2016

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