English GPs are asked to see more patients face to face as ministers unveil a £ 250million winter rescue package.
Emergency funding is handed over to GPs so that 'they can recruit additional back-up staff with an emphasis on providing more same-day appointments.
Social distancing rules should also be real so that general practitioners can amener more people in their buildings.
This comes amid growing criticism of the decline in face-to-face dating since the start of the pandemic.
Only 58% of patients were seen face-to-face in August - the first full monthfollowing the end of restrictions.
This compares with 54% in January and more than 80% before the pandemic.
Patients have also complained about the NGO waiting on the lines phone calls to make an appointment.
The £ 250million funding is part of An additional £ 5 billion Covid fund was announced last month to help the NHS through to completion of the year, and is in addition to the £ 12 billion set aside for general practitioner services this year.
Along with locum physicians, general practitioner practices will be able to do so. 'use to recruit other temporary staff such as physiotherapists and podiatrists.
Funding part of a larger plan
The ad is part of 'a broader government and NHS England joint plan for general practice services, to be released on Thursday.
It should promise upgrades for systemstelephone calls, ensuring that more patients can quickly and easily speak to general practice staff, and reduced paperwork by allowing other staff to provide proof of fitness for duty and health checks. 'fitness to drive.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: "I am committed to ensuring that patients can see their GP however they want, wherever they want. 'they live. I would also like to thank the GPs and their teams for their tremendous efforts in the most difficult times in human memory.
"Our new plan offers GP teams investments and targeted support. This will help tackle underperformance by relieving pressure on staff to spend more time with patients and increase the number of face-to-face appointments. "
But Dr Richard Vautrey, of the British Medical Association, said he was "extremely appalled " by the package. "It offers very little and shows a government disconnected with the scale of the crisis on the ground.
He said patients "will continue to suffer " and have more difficulty to make an appointment.
"It is disappointing that there is no end in sight to the preoccupation with face-to-face dates.
He said in-person appointments were still a key feature of GP care, but the pandemic had proven that consultations by phone or video were "fully appropriate and appreciated " by many .
The bailout comes amid the government's continued struggle to increase the number of general practitioners.
Over the past five years, the total - in terms of full-time positions - has fallen despite successive government efforts to increase the number.
Lack of 'access to GPs affecting A&E
The struggle to access GP services has been highlighted by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine as one of the factors behind the levelshigh waters of A&E courtship.
The NHS will release the latest figures, covering the month of September, for those later.
But during the summer, the wait times are at their worst level ever since the adoption of the four-hour target in 2004: almost one in four people wait longer.
Media caption, Health in the event of a pandemic: 'Most general practitioners probably work at least 12 to 14 hours a day. '
NHS Providers, which represents the bosses of health, said its members were particularly concerned about A&E alongside mental health and cancer services.
Saffron Cordery, deputy managing director, said: “The NHS is fighting the fires on several fronts as they try to recover thes backlog of care, increased demand for emergency care, treatment of Covid patients and preparation for what will likely be the most difficult winter yet for the NHS.
"In a few weeks, we will face our first winter where influenza and Covid are in circulation.