Letters The 15 minute consultation

15 minute consultations as standard benefit patients and GPs

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3704 (Published 01 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3704
  1. G J Irving, general practitioner1,
  2. John Holden, general practitioner2
  1. 1Division of Primary Care, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3GL, UK
  2. 2Garswood Surgery, St Helens WN4 0XD, UK
  1. greg.irving{at}liv.ac.uk

Spence claims that increasing appointments to 15 minutes would reduce availability, limit access, and jeopardise safety with an unknown effect on the quality of patient care.1 We have offered 15 minute appointments as standard in our practice for eight years with huge benefits for our patients and us.2 This is not unusual—a national survey showed that 1 …

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