Magazine article Public Finance

Not-for-Profit GPs to Provide out of Hours Care

Magazine article Public Finance

Not-for-Profit GPs to Provide out of Hours Care

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A government-backed investment fund for third sector organisations has helped form the largest social enterprise consortium of its kind to provide out-of-hours health care.

Futurebuilders England has invested £500,000 into Urgent Health UK, a consortium of five organisations currently providing out-of-hours GP care in their local areas. The funds will allow the consortium to tender for contracts in other primary care trust areas.

The five social enterprises, which reinvest their profits into their environmental or social goals, are: Devon Doctors; Seldoc (Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark); Urgent Care 24 (North Merseyside); Herts Urgent Care; and South East Health (Kent).

Dr Simon Abrams, medical director of Urgent Health UK, said: "We have found that GPs like working for not-for-profit companies rather than commercial providers - we share a common vision of how GP out-of-hours services should be delivered and we hope to make great strides with this investment over the initial three-year period.'

Collectively providing services to more than 5 million people, the group hopes to be able to offer care to an additional 300,000. …

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