Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 18 January 2022.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment his Department has made of the safety of prescribing medication by (a) telephone and (b) face-to-face consultation.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Department has made no such assessment. NHS England and NHS Improvement have worked with professional and regulatory bodies, the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector and patient organisations to support the safe and effective use of remote consultations in general practice. The Department works with NHS England and NHS Improvement, NHSX and local commissioners to monitor and assess the extent to which general practice teams have the equipment and skills to provide remote consultations.

Clinicians use their discretion to invite patients for a face-to-face consultation where this is deemed necessary.

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