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We need to stop the privatisation of GP services


Oh, I thought this was a call to end APMS contracts roll-out to replace collapsing GMS practices. Silly me. Our GP's are welcoming services like Doctaly, which, if successful, will see fewer coughs and colds and also some nonsense that does not warrant an appointment with the GP. We (NHS GP services) do not get paid by activity, so any displacement of activity away from the surgery is welcome. Aloows more time to concentrate on more serious matters. We have a few patients that use private medical services and they are an absolute joy to work with as we would not be able to accommodate their need for attention to every simple cut/scratch/cold/sore/red eyes/rash etc. But they fork out £110-£150 for the privilege to be triaged for 30 minutes by a private doc and bring us the "business end" of medical stuff that our GPs are more than happy to deal with. Cool thing about Doctaly, is that it gives any surgery an opportunity to pick up a bit of private income without the hassle of setting up a private GP service. It doesn't invent anything new, it creates competition to what's out there and the only losers are existing private GPs.

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26 Sep 2016

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