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GP at Hand safety restrictions lifted after NHS England review

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.

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Revealed: Babylon’s national expansion push

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.

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Update: NHS England advises against immediate GP at Hand expansion

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.

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CCG blocks GP at Hand proposed expansion outside London

The controversial digital practice, GP at Hand, has been blocked from expanding beyond London, with commissioners citing patient safety concerns.

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Changes would drastically cut income for "digital first" GP practices

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.

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GP at Hand patients refused access to some NHS services

Some patients referred to secondary care by the controversial GP at Hand practice have been refused treatment on the basis of “insufficient capacity”.

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Safety regulators reviewing concerns about Babylon's 'chatbot'

Safety regulators are reviewing concerns raised about Babylon Healthcare’s symptom checker “chatbot” following multiple complaints, HSJ has learned.

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Exclusive: Chief named for biggest group of CCGs

An accountable officer has been appointed across eight clinical commissioning groups in London, covering the most populous patch of any chief officer.

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NHS Improvement team to examine variation among GPs

NHS Improvement’s top efficiency team has been asked by commissioners in London to tackle clinical variation in general practice, HSJ has learned.

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CCGs clash over GP at Hand patients

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.

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Hosting GP at Hand may cost CCG more than £10m

Commissioners in London are asking NHS England for extra funding to cover rising costs associated with the controversial digital practice GP at Hand.

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GPs block pilot of new Babylon service

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.

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NHS 'must be ready to evolve', says NHS England digital chief

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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London Eye: Elton John weighs in on public health funding

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy

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London Eye: Capital's cancer turnaround

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy.

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Babylon GP service was scaled back after NHS England objection

Babylon sought to expand its GP practice chain further across London and to Manchester and Birmingham last year, but scaled back the plans after NHS England “issued a formal objection”, it has emerged.

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London Eye: Getting on with the day job

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover

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Senior leaders depart troubled CCG cluster

Six directors have left or not reapplied for their jobs at a troubled clinical commissioning group collaboration, HSJ can reveal.

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CCGs spend millions on consultancy for stalled reconfiguration

Commissioners in north west London spent £36m on consultancy firms over the last four financial years – including millions on service redesign recently stalled by NHS Improvement.

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NHS Improvement knocks back multimillion pound reconfiguration

NHS Improvement’s board has halted a £500m reconfiguration programme in north west London after concerns about activity projections.