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Company to stop marketing 0844 numbers to GPs

The latest issue of PULSE MAGAZINE, the Doctor’s in-house journal, has a very interesting story proving that ‘people power’ still has clout. It says “A major supplier has promised to cease marketing 0844 numbers to NHS organisations, due to public opinion over the use of premium numbers by GP practices.”

Now The Daisy Group, which owns the Daisy Line Surgery telephone service,
installed in more than GP 2,000 practices, has said it will stop marketing 0844
numbers to NHS-related organisations due to public pressure. Mr Andrew Goldwater, commercial director of system services for the Daisy Group said that they will bow to public opinon and stop proactive marketing 0844 numbers to practices. So in future, once there is no incentive to keep patients hanging on, you might even find you get through quicker. However, be warned!  The Daisy Group has announced they will “continue to work with our GP customers to develop
alternative solutions, supporting them by providing them with the products of their choice.
Mr David Hickson of campaign group Fair Telecoms said the Daisy Group should go
further and assist all practices currently using 0844 numbers to switch to the
equivalent 0344 number.
In which case, those of you who have BT Option 3, or similar packages, will get
these calls for free.
verite@greenbee.net

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