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GPs should do 'all' consultations remotely going forward, says health secretary


Compelling reasons to see patients face to face: No internet access for patient because it is too costly. No internet access for patient because the links to video consults are in English. No ability to read body language over the phone. Information filtered down the phone to a telephone interpreter is too limited. I cannot examine you over the phone. You need some human contact. The "doctor as drug" does not come into play over the phone. Spending 20 minutes on the phone (using the interpreter) then 20 minutes seeing you face to face (still using interpreter) beacuse of all of the above doubles the GP workload. Remote consultations are "doctor centric" dealing with your specific presenting problem when we all know that the hidden agenda "whilst I am here doctor" is usually the more important and a patient centred approach increases patient empowerment and leads to better outcomes. And a million more reasons why this increases health inequalities. Could we go for indirect discrimination on this one too?

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30 Jul 2020

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