General practitioners in England will be asked to abolish the 2-meter rule in their surgeries as part of a government campaign to ensure they start seeing more patients face to face again, it has been reported.
This decision is part of a package aimed at restoring pre-pandemic levels of in-person access to family physicians and alleviating intense pressures on family physicians.rvices of general practitioners, according to the Daily Mail.
Sajid Javid, the secretary at health, will soon unveil the changes planned after weeks of growing tensions with GPs concerned about his insistence on increasing face-to-face appointments.
Javid and GP leaders have clashed in recent weeks over his insistence that family doctors see many more patients in person because the threat of C ovid has eased.
GPs are likely to resist any attempt by Javid to end the 2-meter social distancing rule in surgeries. The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) recently rejected any relaxation of infection control procedures, which it said were vital in preventing patients and staffel surgery to contract Covid.
Prof Martin Marshall, the president of the college, specifically ruled out last month any changes in the way GPs perform their surgeries after that Javid said it is "high time" for family doctors to start seeing more patients in person because life in the UK has "almost returned to normal." ”.
He told MPs: " It is high time for general practitioners to start functioning as they did before the pandemic and offering appointments. you face to face to anyone who would like one. "
Some family physicians have linked Javid's recent comments, including these , at increased abuse , hostility and aggression of patients that some mfamily doctors suffered.
The Health Secretary's comments sparked an angry reaction from the British Medical Association, the doctors' union, which is negotiating the terms general practitioners. understand the complexity of the challenges family physicians face due to the growing demand for care, persistent shortages of general practitioner staff and the need to keep their premises Covid-free.
Dr Richard Vautrey, chairman of the BMA's GP committee, said Javid 's appeal was " as impractical as it was impractical ".
He said: "These comments show how far the Secretary of State is from the reality of what is going on in GP practices.
"Life has relatively not returned to normal," added Vautrey, general practitioner at Leeds "The number of Covid-relative deaths and people hospitalized continue to increase and there are only 0.46 general practitioners per 1,000 patients in England, compared to 0.52 in 2015. Suggest a return to a pre-pandemic way of working is as impractical as it is impractical for general practitioners. ”
Marshall also recently criticized calls for GPs to offer more face-to-face appointments as " a misconception "after the last NHS showed that 58% of patients in England saw their GP or a member of the practice team, such as a nurse in person.
"The story that remote consultations are inferior in quality compared to consulting a general practitionerist face-to-face is concerning, ”added Marshall. Some patients prefer phone or video appointments because they are more convenient or offer more privacy, he said.
The Mail als o reports that Javid will seek to reduce the workload of GPs by telling hospital doctors to write more preions and 'adjustment notes' themselves for patients who are discharged instead than to expect family physicians to do this - action called for by the BMA and RCGP.
The leaders of general practitioners also asked Javid to set up a helpline to answer patients' questions about the Covid vaccination and ensure hospitals start answering patients' questions about when they will have a scheduled procedure, to prevent family physicians from responding to appsels patients on either subject.
It is not known to what extent Javid can order general surgeries to make certain changes as they private companies and GPs and their staff are not directly employed by the NHS.
Any changes would also only apply in England, because health is an issue in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.