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Revealed: How online GP company Babylon can sign up millions of patients

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This idea will potentially lead to other practices folding, as they will have to cut staff as they will loose capitation from young infrequent attenders which effectively subsidises care for the sick, elderly and care home patients. Also the less heavy worload of the type of patients which sykpe can deal with, are exactly the shorter easier consultations which subsides the multimobidity complex patients with 4 problems that allow 10 minute consultations to continue without being soul destroying for a GP. Unless the funding for this Worried well and potentially NHS destroying policy is found elsewhere and turns this Babylon project into another White elephant Walk in like situation. There it just unearths hidden unmet demand - and duplicates services already given, where they are told see your GP for review/examination anyway often. Destroying the NHS piece by piece, and this will take another chunk. Cynically the thought of a 10 m boundary and take all young patients and leave sick and elderly without care will be the future if the precedent of Babylons model of discriminatory care is not stopped now. Of course NHS England will try and allocate patients to other practices, but Babylon will be allowed to cherry pick easy work, which is exactly what the private sector did when sent in to help hospital wait lists and took all the quick easy cases leaving the sick and challenging cases for NHS trusts, unbalancing their books, leading to deficits as they couldn't earn money from the easier cases.

Posted date

09 Nov 2017

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8:13am

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