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Patients in health secretary's constituency 'unaware' of online GP services

Patients in health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s South West Surrey constituency are being urged to access more GP services online.

Healthwatch Surrey is visiting GP practices across the area as part of a county-wide campaign to boost patients’ confidence about the online offering and show them how it can save them time.

Healthwatch said this comes as a report it published in June found 'many people are unaware of alternative ways to access information and advice on health issues'.

It said this particularly included 'the ability to access out-of-hours GP appointments through NHS 111 and the use of online GP appointment booking services'.

The news comes as Mr Hunt has been a champion of online appointment booking, including making it a contractual requirement for practices.

He also launched the 2013 bid for the NHS as a whole to go 'paperless' by 2018.

Readers' comments (4)

  • Maverick

    What a load of bollocks

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  • Vinci Ho

    Agent Hunt,
    This clearly represents a so called slap on the face but we are always up against 'fake news' these days . And being a champion, we have the full confidence that the measurement of the muscle thickness, especially on your face , has reached super-soldier standard. Carry on with your good work. By the way , your mission of acting as a decoy health secretary has helped Mr Stevens, the real mccoy, substantially . He needs a diversion of attention for completing our Grand Plan.
    This message will self destruct in five seconds.....

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  • Health secretary in Health secretary's constituency unaware of pretty much everything anywhere at anytime.

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  • The usual bollocks where IT and online are magical words that solve all the problems.

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