NHS England has paid £165,000 for a contract that has seen a private provider carry out just one out-of-area GP patient home visit and 18 phone consultations since last July.

The West Midlands local area team awarded a contract to health and social care provider Primecare in July last year to provide home visits to patients who are registered in practices outside of their area as part of the GP Choice scheme.

The contract was worth £165,253 upfront, with an extra £80 agreed for each GP visit and £30 for phone consultations, NHS England confirmed.

But Primecare was only required to carry out a single home visit during that time, NHS England admitted, with the contract expiring yesterday…read more

Pulse: 1 April 2016

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