by Ruby Earle Feb 12th, 2018
Hundreds of campaigns are started on the 38 Degrees website every week, by 38 Degrees-ers from all over the UK.  But 38 Degrees belongs to all of us, so last week we asked a random selection of members in London if Nat’s petition, about “GP at Hand”, is something they wanted to campaign on.  Here is what you said:
67% said YES
16% said NO
And 17% said I DON’T KNOW
“GP at Hand” is an online GP service that is being rolled out in London. It promises patients quick appointments on their smartphone, and in person appointments for things like vaccinations or smear tests. 
But, as Nat discovered, GP at Hand only has one nurse performing smear tests for cervical cancer, in the whole of London – located hours from where Nat lives.  Nat is concerned that the patients are being told GP at Hand is a new, convenient NHS GP service. But in reality GP at Hand is failing to offer proper provision for life-saving health checks.
Nat’s petition calls for NHS England to cancel their contract with GP at Hand unless it provides smear tests in more locations around London.
Here are a few reasons the staff team wanted to double-check before offering support to this campaign:
Out of those members who said “NO”, here is why this campaign wasn’t for them :
The staff team has decided to tell other London 38 Degrees-ers about this campaign. This was because:
 GP at hand:
https://www.gpathand.nhs.uk/  38 Degrees: Stop ‘GP at Hand’ putting women at risk of cervical cancer:
 GP at Hand:
 A member of the 38 Degrees staff team rang GP at Hand to verify this claim and was told that there is only one nurse who performs smear tests in London.
 38 Degrees: Campaigns by you:
 The Guardian: Seeing a GP on a smartphone sounds wonderful – but it’s not: