The proportion of remote consultations should remain at around 45% after the Covid-19 pandemic, health secretary Matt Hancock has signalled.
Mr Hancock was addressing MPs on the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee when he made the comments, which follow his previous suggestion that ‘all’ consultations should be remote unless there’s a ‘compelling’ reason not to.
Asked by GP MP Dr Luke Evans about pandemic measures that should be ‘staying in the future’, Mr Hancock said: ‘On telemedicine, I absolutely think that we should keep the benefits that we’ve gained.
‘The proportion of telemedicine dropped back by a couple of percentage points, which kind of tells me that we’ve settled at about the right level, in terms of around 45% of primary care appointments now, for instance, are by telemedicine.
‘Before, everybody knew it should be higher. Now, the question is: “what is the right level?”, and that feels about right to me.’
Last month, primary care minister Jo Churchill revealed that NHS England was conducting a review of the ‘impact’ of GP remote consultations.