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Letters GPs move towards industrial action

We abandon face-to-face practice at our peril

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2918 (Published 01 December 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2918
  1. Jim Boddington, GP partner,
  2. Aarany Santhakumar, GP partner,
  3. Lucy O'Rourke, GP partner,
  4. Paul Kelland, GP partner
  1. Shoreditch Park Surgery, London, UK
  1. jim.boddington{at}nhs.net

With many prominent voices in our profession opposing a return to face-to-face consultations as part of rejecting the GP “rescue plan,”1 we want to express dissent. Now is unequivocally the time to return to face-to-face practice as our dominant model of care. Otherwise, we have much to lose.

The fashionable view that remote consultations (phone, video, or online) can replace most in-person …

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