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CCG blocks GP at Hand’s request to expand to Birmingham over safety concerns

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3123 (Published 13 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3123
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Clinical commissioners have rejected a request from the service GP at Hand to subcontract its digital service from its London base to a site in Birmingham because of concerns over patient safety.

Board papers published by Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group show that GP at Hand submitted a request on 22 June 2018 to “vary their subcontracting arrangements” with the CCG by adding a site in Birmingham.1 The digital service, run by an NHS general practice in Hammersmith in partnership with the technology company Babylon and which operates from five physical clinics in London,23 is keen to expand. The proposed Birmingham clinic would operate in the same way as the London satellite clinics, with patients able to see a GP at the location if they chose to.

But Hammersmith and Fulham CCG rejected the proposal after Birmingham and Solihull CCG …

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