If one health condition or medical problemYou may want to make an appointment with your doctor at your local GP surgery.
However, many patients may only contact their GP by phone or online, rather than meeting face-to-face.
according to incoming data BBC More than two in five patients — 42 percent — were not seen face-to-face in August when the government lifted lockdown restrictions.
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That’s higher than one in five patients — 20 percent — who were seen virtually or by phone before the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
In response, ministers have announced a £250m package to aid surgeries struggling in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, urging apps to do more to see patients face-to-face rather than virtually.
So when will doctors start seeing patients face-to-face again? Here’s what we know.
When will doctors start seeing patients face-to-face again?
The good news is that in many GP practices you can make a face-to-face appointment with your doctor.
While the number of face-to-face meetings has dropped, if it’s an emergency or something that requires you to physically see your doctor, you’ll be able to do it.
Still, some may prefer a phone or web-based appointment to chat with their doctor about the problem without leaving their home.
Face-to-face consultations were suspended at the start of the coronavirus pandemic due to public health fears.
Although they have now been restored, many practices are struggling as the number of practicing GPs has dropped over the past five years.
According to this NHS England In 2016, there were 28,709 general practitioners working in health care. But by 2021, that number had dropped to 26,805.
This is despite the Government’s commitments to employ more doctors. For example, in 2015 they said they would recruit 5,000 more doctors by 2020 before making another commitment to recruit 6,000 GPs by 2025 in the 2019 General Elections.
The British Medical Association, meanwhile, warned in September of a shortage of 50,000 doctors ahead of a winter backlog and additional demands for healthcare.
The UK has relatively fewer doctorates per 1000 people than many other countries in Europe.
Those who had previously worked in British surgeries in the profession decided to leave because of workplace pressures, early retirement or burnout and other medical problems.
Meanwhile, those wishing to join it may have been delayed due to heavy workload or other factors.
Government and NHS England joint plan for GP services will be announced later. According to this BBC Measures to be outlined include an increase in in-person appointments, relaxation of social distancing rules, better phone networks, and a reduction in paperwork.