Responding to today’s appointments in general practice data for June, Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chair, said:
“Today’s statistics show that the number of appointments delivered by practices are continuing to rise, steadily reaching the numbers we saw before the pandemic reached the UK. Practices are therefore working incredibly hard not only to deal with the continued impact of Covid-19, but also to provide other routine services as well as they are able to.
“This means continued use of triage arrangements to keep both patients and staff as safe as possible, and using remote consultations where appropriate – both of which have been instrumental in general practice’s response to the pandemic. Indeed this was something the Health and Social Care Secretary highlighted in his speech earlier today, and as the BMA has long said, if doctors are given access to the right technology, they will embrace it. However, his suggestion that all appointments going forward will be remote by default must be approached with caution.
“Physical appointments will always be a vital part of general practice, and they continue to be necessary for many patients and the management of specific conditions, and we must not lose sight of that.”
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