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GP 10-minute appointment rule axed

by admin | 18th November 2013

GP 10-minute appointment rule axed

GPs in England will no longer have to offer appointments lasting at least 10 minutes under changes agreed with the government.

It is one of a number of requirements being removed in the latest round of contract negotiations between the government and doctors’ leaders.

NHS England says consultations last on average for around 12 minutes.

It added this change should mean GPs have greater flexibility over how they organise their appointments,

Other changes which have been agreed, and which will come in next April, include enhanced care for the million frailest patients, and named GPs for the four million over-75s,

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By Caroline Parkinson Health editor, BBC News website

15 November 2013

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