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LMC leaders call for longer patient consultations

GP leaders in London have called for GPs to be given the flexibility to provide longer patient consultations, among a range of recommendations for improving primary care in the capital.

Londonwide LMCs released its ‘Future of General Practice in London: Meeting the Challenge’ document today, in which it called for practices to be given resources to provide continuity of care and flexible access.

The document stated: ‘GPs and practice teams need to have the ability to provide longer patient consultations where necessary. In some practices, this will be for a high proportion of patients. They need seamless access to wider support for their patients in their own homes and in the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week.’

It added: ‘They must have the resources to provide personal continuity to patients who need and desire it, whilst being able to maintain flexible access to meet the needs of all their patients. Continuity of care… is paramount in the effectiveness of general practice and the delivery of personalised care; loss of this will result in increased cost through over investigation and unnecessary referrals.’

In a foreword to the document, Londonwide LMCs chief executive Dr Michelle Drage said: ‘We believe that effective and lasting change is best shaped, driven and implemented by the very people affected by it – the general practitioner workforce, their practice team members and patients in association with the wider multidisciplinary team. Any other approach simply won’t work.’