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Stop rollout of online consultations until there is evidence of benefit to patients, say LMCs

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5247 (Published 10 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5247
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The BMA’s GP committee should formally oppose the expansion of online consulting until there is evidence that it benefits patients, England’s local medical committees have urged.

A motion passed by the LMCs, which represent GPs at the local level, at their annual conference in London on Friday 10 November expressed concern at the pressure to introduce online consulting into general practice when there was “no evidence that it will save time.”

The motion called on the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee “to make it clear to government and NHS England that GPs will not formally agree to begin …

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