Patients are being asked ‘Would you pay £10 to see GP quicker?’ in new survey sent by surgeries
- The questionnaire seeks views on private health and confidence in your doctor
- It will also ask how often they see their GP and whether NHS is well funded
- Results will be anonymous but doctors’ leaders fear they pass to private firms
Patients are being asked if they would pay up to £10 to see a GP more promptly in a survey sent out by surgeries.
The controversial questionnaire seeks their views on private health, their confidence in their doctor and whether they have heard of online firm Babylon, which charges £25 for virtual consultations with a GP.
It has been sent to 300,000 patients by a private firm contracted to provide IT services for the NHS, EMIS Health.
Patients are being asked if they would pay up to £10 to see a GP more promptly in controversial questionnaire. The survey also seeks their views on private health and their confidence in their doctor. (Stock photo)
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As well as personal details, the survey – uncovered by Pulse magazine – asks patients how often they see their GP, whether they think the NHS is well-funded and if they are experiencing long waiting times for appointments.
The survey has been sent to 300,000 patients by a private firm contracted to provide IT services for the NHS, EMIS Health
Patients are then asked ‘would you be interested in a service that for a small fixed monthly fee (under £10) allows you to avoid long waiting lists’.
Although the survey’s results will be anonymous, doctors’ leaders fear they will be passed to private firms, who have been accused of ‘destabilising’ traditional surgeries by luring away patients and GPs.
Patient Access, a service provided by EMIS to provide better contact with surgeries, said the data would not be shared or used to target individuals.
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