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CCGs try to block expansion of Babylon’s GP at Hand service

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k955 (Published 28 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k955
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

A fresh row has broken out over the rollout of the GP at Hand digital primary care service, after the company behind the scheme said that it was being blocked from expanding by “vested interests” regarding the NHS.

GP at Hand, a partnership between the Lillie Road Medical Centre in west London and the technology company Babylon, offers a mixture of “virtual” GP consultations by smartphone and face to face appointments.

In response to its popularity with young patients GP at Hand has asked the Hammersmith and Fulham clinical commissioning group (CCG)—which holds the practice’s contract—for permission to subcontract the service to four additional sites in north and east London that currently have vacant space in their premises. This would enable it to provide services and register new patients at the four sites.

Islington, Enfield, Barnet, and …

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