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    Is Tesco the future for the NHS?

    I don't what it is like in your area of the country, but down here (Herts) - NHS services are being commisioned and contracted to the supplier who has the best plan/business model.....so existing contracts are being moved to different suppliers (eg. across PCTs) and this includes (as well as NHS of course)......well, the likes of Tescos as suppliers.

    What do you feel about this?

    Apparently you will get extra clubcard points each time you go to the GP.

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    Re: Is Tesco the future for the NHS?

    Primary Care contracts are very different to other contracts within the NHS as the GPs are often self employed partners who are contracted for services by the PCT and a lot of their income is target based. They are given a high percentage of costs for staff contracted the practice. They also facilitate and liaise with other NHS employees eg Midwifes, Health Visitors, Psychology services etc. They normally operate service level agreements to provide a service to the patients registered to their service. They are also required to take on patients that are difficult to deal with on a rota basis.

    As I see it pros of this service:

    GP who has a full medical history and knowledge of patients (including allergies) and hopefully family history, which could make them more alert to certain conditions.

    Out of hour’s service for emergencies including home visits, where medically necessary.

    Continuity of care

    Would these other agencies be willing to take on ‘expensive’ patients eg elderly those requiring expensive medication.

    Cons
    Having to fit in with surgery appointment system not always conducive to working live.

    Not always getting to see a doctor of your choice

    Some GPs will do anything to avoid a home visit and there are times when this is necessary.

    Waiting around for appointments for an unacceptable amount of time

    I’m sure there is a lot more that I could add if I gave it more thought but where I find these changes worrying in the increased amount of privatisation and widening of services are the possible problems that can occur where a full medical history is not known.

    Would they only offer services that suit leaving the NHS to pick up the less profitable services

    Would they take on difficult and expensive patients?

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    Re: Is Tesco the future for the NHS?

    Quote Originally Posted by JiveLad View Post
    the likes of Tescos as suppliers.
    God help us! I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering if I'd get a Tesco 'Finest' GP or end up with a Tesco 'Value' one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxine View Post
    Would they only offer services that suit leaving the NHS to pick up the less profitable services
    Would they take on difficult and expensive patients?
    Obviously it'd be the standard business model for tax-payer funded services. Privatisation of the profit-making bits and socialisation of the loss-making bits. Bid-rigging between the main contenders for the contracts would also be obligatory.

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    Re: Is Tesco the future for the NHS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bubble View Post
    God help us! I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering if I'd get a Tesco 'Finest' GP or end up with a Tesco 'Value' one.
    Tesco aren't the only ones with a successful business model...

    "This isn't an ordinary NHS, this is an M&S pleasant, attentive and helpful individual health service"

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    Re: Is Tesco the future for the NHS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gav View Post
    Tesco aren't the only ones with a successful business model...

    "This isn't an ordinary NHS, this is an M&S pleasant, attentive and helpful individual health service"
    Will they have BOGOF appointments

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    Re: Is Tesco the future for the NHS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxine View Post
    Will they have BOGOF appointments
    Probably, and then ask their suppliers for more money and the patients to pay for appointments.

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