In the September issue of Pulse, we turn our attention to the online private GP providers who are looking to partner with NHS practices.
We look at the way these providers are disrupting the market, bringing in a private sector mentality that is seeing practices compete with one another for patients. As part of this tech special, we also look at how video consultations and online symptom checkers are potentially changing the humble GP consultation for good.
In a sign of the power of these new online providers, we have also chosen Dr Mobasher Butt – the medical director of Babylon – as the most powerful GP 2018. Our Power 50 features some of the old guard who are continuing to influence general practice, but also new entries, including the leaders of these new providers. For the first time, we cover a number of ‘Unsung Heroes’ – those GPs who do so much for their patients and colleagues, without the wider recognition.
In the clinical section, the ‘How to spot zebras’ feature this month focuses on acoustic neuroma, while the paediatric myth to face the scrutiny of Dr Edward Snelson is that there is a ‘normal’ heart rate for children.
As well as this, we are looking at what is next in the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba and look at the fallout from Pulse’s August issue, which resulted in the resignation of the top GP at NHS England.