Readers panel: should longer GP consultations be an NHS priority?
The average consultation time with a GP in the UK is ten minutes. Research by The Health Foundation, which looked at the length of appointments in 11 countries, found this to be the lowest in the developed world. Nursing Standard readers’ panellists have their say.
Drew Payne is a community staff nurse in north London @drew_london
GPs have to examine, diagnose, select treatment, answer questions and write a prescription during a consultation. How can they do that safely in ten minutes, especially for older patients with complex health needs? If the government wants more patients treated in the community, GPs will need more time with their patients, but longer consultations will mean less available appointments and so we will need more GPs....
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