A petition has been launched against digital healthcare company Push Doctor asking for its advertising to be investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority.
Earlier this year, Push Doctor was found to not be providing ‘safe, effective, or well-led services’ after a CQC investigation.
Push Doctor spoke to Digital Health Age about the CQC’s criticisms, with CEO and founder Eren Ozagir commenting: “We are aware of the findings from the CQC report. We welcome working closely with organisations like the CQC because we believe that our service should constantly be evolving to meet the needs of our patients and offer the best care.
“However there needs to be fairness across the industry. We found a number of factual inaccuracies, which we are formally disputing and working with the CQC currently to correct. Further comment can’t be given until this process has reached its conclusion.”
Push Doctor provides online consultations with a GP, access to medical advice, prescriptions and referrals. Single consultations cost £20, or users can pay a monthly fee of £20.
The petition quotes the investigation by the CQC into Push Doctor’s services and believes the company to be breaking ‘several sections of the ASA code of practice’.
It also states that Push Doctor is ‘still pumping out outrageous adverts to millions of people with the dangerous slogan “You’ll never go to your doctors again”.
At the time of writing the petition has so far garnered over 75,000 signatures.