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Virtual GPs? Monkeys have more empathy

The future becomes scarier yet for patients ('Virtual GPs unveiled by pharmacy giant').

It's bad enough getting an opinion from pharmacists who don't know what they're doing, but computers are even worse.

With a computer there is no input from voice or body language that a person could use to alter their questioning of the patient or elicit concerns or expectations. We've all seen what a disaster NHS Direct is for patients... and that is run by trained nurses.

Monkeys are probably cheaper than computers and likely to be more empathic. Perhaps Lloyds should invest in them instead.

From Dr Dermot Ryan, Loughborough, Leicestershire

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