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Online GP provider makes push for patients to switch from their practices


This is pretty outrageous, really. Babylon really are predatory. Do not let them anywhere near your patient lists or contracts. They are only offering a service to the young and healthy. Easy to provide a quick and accessible service under those conditions. As soon as someone develops a complex issue they will be farmed back to us. Firstly, this is clearly discriminatory against patients and also anticompetitive. Why else have we not all been able to reject patients who aren’t ‘cost effective’ to manage? Secondly, if allowed to practise surely they should be being offered a significantly lower sum of money per patient per year, as our per head funding has to cover far more complex and unwell patients as well as the fit and healthy. Let’s see them run on 30% of our costs and the rest reinvested in supporting practices who are managing the sick. Finally: let’s see GPC and RCGP properly challenge this, in court if necessary (on grounds of discrimination and also anticompetitive behaviour). If we don’t, it will spell disaster for our patients and the profession.

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06 Nov 2017

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