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See your NHS doctor for £40, Only CORBYN can stop this

The Doctaly service

A new service which allows patients to book a 15-minute appointment with a GP at a local practice for £40 online could begin expanding across the UK in 2018 following successful trials in London. I reported on the launch of Doctaly – through which GPs can provide care to patients on a private basis outside their NHS work – in north London in August. Following the successful trial, the creator behind the online service is planning to roll it out through the rest of London and the Home Counties in 2016 and 2017, moving on to England, Wales and Scotland the following year. The service is meant to address the long waiting times many patients face to see their NHS GP but campaigners have criticised Doctaly for allowing those who can afford it to queue-jump. There is also concern that it is easing the way for the privatisation of the health service.



How it works for GPs GP surgeries sign up Doctaly GPs at the surgeries can opt-in as much as they want or choose to not be involved at all They see patients outside of their NHS work and earn extra money How it works for patients Patients access Doctaly online and book a 15-minute appointment at a GP surgery – not the one they are registered at – near them when they want They pay between £39.99 and £49.99 for an appointment during weekday working hours. They pay £69.99 for sessions before 9am, after 6pm and on weekends Ben Teichman, the co-creator of Doctaly, said the service provided convenience for patients and allowed GPs to earn a bit more. The north London trial had “proven the concept” of Doctaly on a small scale, he told i. So far, around 50 GPs have signed up to provide care and 100 patients are using the service. “We know now there is a demand for our product. We now just need to scale it up.” The service was not about “queue-jumping” or taking resource away from the NHS said, Teichman. “We hope that it gives patients convenience and affordability for GP appointments. The fact is if we lived in a society where everything was perfect and our healthcare system was efficient and there were no problems, there would be no place for a service like Doctaly.” But there is concern that Doctaly will further deteriorate the NHS and is another example of a system under strain. Norman Lamb, the former Liberal Democrat health minister, disagreed with the concept, saying patients should be able to access their usual local GP when they need to. “This idea is fine for people who can afford it, but what about those who can’t pay? It creates an unattractive divide between those with money and those without it,” he said.

Dr Jackie Applebee, the chairwoman of Tower Hamlets local medical committee and Doctors in Unite representative on the British Medical Association’s GPs committee, told Pulse that Doctaly was “very worrying”. She feared it would “further destabilise general practice” and that it was a “slippery slope towards privatisation of the NHS”.

The only person who can stop this is Jeremy Corbyn, I mean would you trust Theresa "Tory Privatise everything" May or Owen "Pfizer" Smith with the NHS? 

No, I didn't think so. Vote Corbyn.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/health/doctaly-online-private-gp-appointment-service-expand-across-uk-2018/



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