Virgin Care provides "over 100 NHS services across the country with a focus on community and primary healthcare". This includes "GP practices where the appointment times are designed around real people’s lives and needs".
It has "a network of GP provider companies across the country". These "provide NHS services by combining the clinical skills and expertise of the local GPs with the business and service expertise of Virgin Care".
Its website includes links identifying the services provided by its GP partners. These include the following surgeries, where the terms of the current NHS GP contract are being breached by the continuing use of 0844 telephone numbers.
The relative cost of calls to the "Call Types" shown can be found by consulting this table.
The false impression that Virgin Care is itself profiting from NHS patients by use of these expensive numbers is easily gained from the information on the website as quoted above.
There is however no doubt that the "business and service experience" of Virgin Care, including that derived from its sister company Virgin Media, will be of great assistance to its GP partners in recognising that callers pay more to call these numbers so as to provide the financial subsidy from which they benefit.
It will also help them to recognise that they can migrate from their 084 number to the equivalent 034 number within the term of their current contract for telephone service.