Now you can see a GP at home when you want… if you pay £120 a month: Private firms launch same-day service in bid to ‘revive the traditional family doctor’ : Daily Mail.

  • Two private firms want to ‘revive the traditional family doctor’ for ‘convenience’
  • GPs visit patients’ homes or workplaces between the hours of 8am and 11pm 
  • Consultations last up to 45 minutes each and patients can have up to 12 in a year 
  • But some doctors say the service is ‘risky’ as GPs don’t have access to patients’ medical files and details of any medication allergies or past illnesses 

Patients are being offered a GP-to-your-door home visiting service for a £120 monthly fee.

The consultations have been launched by two private firms who want to ‘revive the traditional family doctor’ and improve ‘convenience.’

GPs visit patients’ homes or workplaces between the hours of 8am and 11pm, including at weekends.

Consultations last up to 45 minutes each and patients can have up to 12 in a year before having to pay an additional fees.

But doctors say the service is ‘risky’ as GPs don’t have access to patients’ medical files and details of any medication allergies or past illnesses.

Patients are being offered a GP-to-your-door home visiting service for a £120 monthly fee

Patients are being offered a GP-to-your-door home visiting service for a £120 monthly fee

They also argue that it is unfair that only those patients who can afford the fees have access to home visits.

GP surgeries across England are struggling to cope with the combined pressures of a rising and aging population and a national shortage of GPs.

Patients are facing increasingly long waits for appointments and it is extremely difficult to see a doctor out-of-hours.

The head of the NHS Simon Stevens last week promised patients that they would have weekend and evening appointments in two years’ time.

But this is dependent on the health service recruiting an extra 5,000 GPs when it is currently losing an average of 150 a month.

The home visit schemes – uncovered by Pulse magazine – are currently being offered by two separate private firms, AKEA Life, in the North West, and GP Delivered Quick, in London and Birmingham.

2 Comments

  1. If it’s run by a private healthcare company, I can imagine the standard of doctor that would turn up. When it all goes wrong, which it inevitably will, the NHS will have to sort out the problems.

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