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London Eye: Another joint chair for London?

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

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New proposals to control digital GP services like GP at Hand

Digital primary care services – like the controversial GP at Hand – are set to be required to establish new GP contracts and clinics in each area they want to be a major provider, under new NHS England rules.

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London Eye: Throwing your weight around

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

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Babylon PCN is a temporary arrangement, confirms NHSE

A primary care network composed only of Babylon’s GP at Hand is only a temporary measure while NHS England conducts a review of digital first providers and out of area registration.

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Babylon GP at Hand launches Birmingham clinic this week

Controversial digital GP practice Babylon GP at Hand has officially launched a new clinic in Birmingham, offering services in the city from tomorrow.

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GP at Hand’s Birmingham practice faces catchment area limits

Restrictions are set to be placed on Babylon GP at Hand’s new practice in Birmingham, including the size of its catchment area and the number of patients who can sign up to services.

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London Eye: Quartering the capital

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

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Planned mergers will make two super CCGs

Clinical commissioning groups in London are planning mergers that would form the two largest CCGs in England.

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Babylon GP at Hand evaluation delivers mixed verdict

The long-awaited evaluation of digital primary care provider GP at Hand has uncovered a high level of the patient churn, raised questions about the model’s sustainability, but also revealed contented users and doctors, as well as a positive impact on A&E attendance.

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GP at Hand digital service given first rating by CQC

The Care Quality Commission has rated GP at Hand “good” in the first inspection of its digital healthcare service.


System hosting GP at Hand must find £100m savings

The North West London healthcare economy must cut costs by “about £100m” as demand pressures grow, according to its finance director.


Hancock halts long-awaited A&E downgrades

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.

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Service cut warning over NHSE's GP at Hand bailout fears

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.

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GP at Hand cleared to expand to second city

Controversial digital practice GP at Hand has been cleared to expand into its second city after NHS England lifted its objection.

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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”.