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Babylon's GP at Hand app signs up new patient 'every two minutes'

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Perhaps we need to think about having regulations that say once you have registered with Babylon, you will not be allowed to return to your previous practice -- in other words, Babylon has to be prepared to provide all GMS services to all their patients or be held to be contravening their NHS contract. Now if they can service all their NHS patients in this way, then fine -- and the allegations of cherry-picking will go away. But if they can't, why are they being allowed to take on such patients? The real problem however will come when this scenario comes mandated by circumstances: when the original practices have had their more profitable patients removed, leaving them too few resources to cope with the less profitable remainder: then that original practice folds, and now there is no-one to look after the more complex patients. This is all highly predictable: we need the regulations amending to prevent cherry-picking as otherwise nemesis will inevitably follow.

Posted date

14 Mar 2018

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11:13am

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