Prime Minister Proposes Email, Skype and Phone Consultations for Patients

Prime Minister Proposes Email, Skype and Phone Consultations for PatientsAccording to a new proposal announced by the Prime Minister, the patients will be provided with GPs' services seven days a week.  Also, the services will be available apart from the office hours as well.

This will start with the introduction of email, Skype and phone consultations.  Many other services will also be introduced from 2014-15, which will include online appointment bookings, online registrations and electronic prescriptions.

The government said that to enable this to happen, GP practices can apply to a £50m challenge fund to set up a pioneering programme and there will a pioneer in every region of the country, nine in total, covering up to half a million patients.

The Prime Minister said Whitehall wants to support GPs to modernize their services so they can see patients from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

He said, "Millions of people find it hard to get an appointment to see their GP at a time that fits in with their work and family life."

The GPs are working together to help and cut down needless A&E visits.  Also, the approach to extended hours is being piloted in six GP practices in Manchester.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said cutting-edge GP practices in Manchester are leading the way and the government wants many more patients across the country to benefit from it.