‘Grossly underfunded’ practices unable to compete with online providers, warn GPs

Full story in The Guardian, 30 August 2018

Private online providers are creating competition between NHS practices that is threatening the loss of both patients and staff and could lead to practice closures, GPs have warned.

The companies are setting up services at a time when NHS practices are so underfunded they are struggling to offer basic GMS care, let alone develop technology for online consultations, suggested the GPs.

Anxieties are also growing among practices because they are unable to compete with the ‘aggressive’ advertising used by private providers, they added….