The Care Quality Commission has rated GP at Hand “good” in the first inspection of its digital healthcare service.
The North West London healthcare economy must cut costs by “about £100m” as demand pressures grow, according to its finance director.
The health and social care secretary this afternoon ruled out the downgrades of two accident and emergency units, proposed as part of a contentious reconfiguration.
Local commissioners are expecting a £10m hit for hosting digital practice Babylon GP at Hand and could be forced to cut other services after a promised NHS England bailout failed to materialise.
Controversial digital practice GP at Hand has been cleared to expand into its second city after NHS England lifted its objection.
All safety restrictions on the type of patients GP at Hand can deliver care to have been lifted following a review by NHS England, HSJ can reveal.
Digital health company Babylon Healthcare has contacted more than a dozen clinical commissioning groups as it pushes for expansion across the country, including extending its NHS GP partnership to two new cities.
NHS England has intervened in a potential expansion of GP at Hand – saying it should be blocked until concerns about patient access to screening can be resolved.
The controversial digital practice, GP at Hand, has been blocked from expanding beyond London, with commissioners citing patient safety concerns.
NHS England has responded to growing outcry over the rise of “digital first” GP practices, proposing changes that would cut their NHS income by a fifth.
Some patients referred to secondary care by the controversial GP at Hand practice have been refused treatment on the basis of “insufficient capacity”.
Safety regulators are reviewing concerns raised about Babylon Healthcare’s symptom checker “chatbot” following multiple complaints, HSJ has learned.
An accountable officer has been appointed across eight clinical commissioning groups in London, covering the most populous patch of any chief officer.
NHS Improvement’s top efficiency team has been asked by commissioners in London to tackle clinical variation in general practice, HSJ has learned.
Commissioners in south London have complained to counterparts in the north west of the city about GP at Hand – claiming patients who switch to the online service are not clearly told they could lose access to their existing GP.
Commissioners in London are asking NHS England for extra funding to cover rising costs associated with the controversial digital practice GP at Hand.
A clinical commissioning group has dropped a plan to pilot an asthma service with the controversial online primary care company Babylon Health, after opposition from its GPs.
NHS England’s digital chief says the primary care payments model may need to “evolve” to accommodate new digital patient services such as the controversial GP at Hand.
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