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

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1. The contract allows us to deliver care in the way we see fit. If he wants this he will have to negotiate it with GPC, or impose it. 2. He hasn’t stopped to see if it is more or less efficient, he has just assumed it is more efficient. The only good quality evidence out there suggests it is 8-30% less efficient (some you see anyway, some you have to call three times, phone calls are less efficient delivery mechanisms for complex care etc). So, you will have to increase funding or resources to deliver this, or watch the service deteriorate quickly and significantly. 3. Many patients will hate it. I hope the MPs have lots of time to answer these letters as well as all the ones complaining about delays in secondary care delivery. 4. It will open up the possibility of private GP services, and GPC should now push hard for this so we can do what the dentists did. Matt clearly wants a two-level service, and for our own sanity and health we should stop fighting it and stay planning for it.

Posted date

30 Jul 2020

Posted time

1:54pm

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