General Practitioners: Telemedicine

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 27th July 2021.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with GPs on the effect of e-consult on workload pressures.

Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of eConsult on GPs' workloads during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

We have regular discussions general practitioner (GP) stakeholder organisations and representatives on a wide range of issues, including appointment and consultation systems and workload.

We continue to work with NHS England and NHS Improvement and general practice to assess the impact of different types of appointment and the effects on workload. NHS England and NHS Improvement have commissioned an independent evaluation to understand the impact for staff, patients and the wider health and care system of using digital tools in primary care to inform its long-term strategy.

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