Feb 13, 2019

NHS England lifts block on Babylon’s GP at Hand service

The National Health Service in England has reversed its decision to block doctor app Babylon from expanding into Birmingham after setting out plans to radically ramp up its digital ambitions. Babylon had applied last year to launch a remote video consultation service, called GP at Hand, in Birmingham, Britain's second-biggest city, but the application was blocked after a local NHS body raised safety concerns. "We welcome the decision to allow the expansion of Babylon GP at Hand to people living and working in Birmingham," Babylon said. "Babylon GP at Hand are committed to expanding across the country, and [will] work closely with NHS England and local clinical commissioning groups on this." "The NHS will see an increasing use of digital technology and from 2021 every patient in England will have access to online and video consultation - if they choose it," a health service spokesperson said.

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