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General Practitioners: Telemedicine

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 35707, tabled on 19 July 2021

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.

Answered on

27 July 2021

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.