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Ten-minute consultations 'must go', says NHS England director


Everybody blames the patient - absolutely wrong!!! It us - our tools and our expectations - professional and paymaster. The classical patient with single problem, GP diagnosis and advice and treatment fit nicely into 7.5 10 or 12 minutes - which ever suites you best. It's the agenda from behind- QoF, guidelines, check lists etc... that add to the length. The new generation of computer software is also a major consumer of valualble time - both looking for information and the burden of record keeping - both adding 3 -4 minutes before and after consultations at worst. Mike Bewick is absolutley correct - in this complex multiple co-morbidity world 10 minutes is no longer safe.

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30 Apr 2014

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