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GPs must have more consultation time with patients, college says

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1700 (Published 24 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1700
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    GPs want and need to spend more time with patients during their consultations, says the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

    The college, launching a UK wide manifesto for patient care in anticipation of the imminent general election, called for longer consultation times, particularly with those patients who have more serious conditions. It also backed the call by the Royal College of Physicians to ban smoking in cars, though the GPs restricted their call to cars carrying children (BMJ 2010;340:673, 27 March, doi:10.1136/bmj.c1689).

    It set out several recommendations for future care for patients, regardless of which political party wins the general election.

    The average consultation time could …

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