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


To Paul at 10:51 -I am a full time GP. This week I have had a medical problem. It is minor and will settle within a few weeks. But evidence based cheap medication (not an antibiotic or pregabablin) would help. I cannot get a GP appointment because I work full time and the problem is not severe enough to cancel my own patients to take time off. Why wouldn't I want to pay £40 to search for a GP available in the evening within 20 miles? Instead I have taken the choice not to get treatment knowing it will settle, even although I have the right to get free NHS treatment which would make me feel better. However I would not myself offer this service for a variety of reasons but largely because I would expect a string of patients expecting to buy inappropriate antibiotics etc. If I wished to use up my free time to get money I would do OOH work which at least in Scotland seems to have minimal indemnity costs. I suspect I would still be seeing lots of patients demanding antibiotics inappropriately as their own GP would not prescribe them, but at least it would be easier to refuse.

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24 Sep 2016

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