Push Doctor appoints CEO

Virtual GP provider Push Doctor has appointed Wais Shaifta (pictured) as chief executive of the company.

Shaifta, who has been interim CEO since the summer, joined the organisation as chief operating office in 2017 and will be steering the company through on plans to make Push Doctor’s services available to 75% of the population within five years.

In September Push Doctor signed a deal with Modality Partnership, the UK’s biggest GP super-partnership, to provide online consultations to some 400,000 patients across a number of CCGs.

Susanne Given, Push Doctor’s chair, said: ‘Wais has a reputation for delivering rapid product development and execution, as well as excellent leadership skills. The business is already benefitting from his clarity of purpose and ability to drive fast product development through consumer patient insight work and fast-paced developments through our two excellent technology teams in Birmingham and Manchester.’

Shaifta added: ‘I am confident we are well positioned to deliver on this vision. We are focused on providing digital consultations in the UK at the highest clinical standard, and we are determined not to be distracted by technology which won’t be relevant in the near and medium term and which does not serve the consumer patient well at this point.

‘The new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care [Matt Hancock] has been vocal in his support for better use of technology within the NHS and we believe we are best placed to offer this, while at the same time offering patients access to the best possible choice of primary and preventative care.’