MILLIONS of people across the UK will soon be able to Skype or text their GP if they can’t get an appointment, the Prime Minister is set to announce today.
A £50m pilot scheme has been extended to help people get access to their doctor via phone, text or over the internet. The plans were originally set to benefit just 500,000 people but will now be available to 7.5m due to high demand.
The changes will also see 1,147 practices staying open for longer, including over the weekend and evenings.
Health minister Norman Lamb told the Telegraph that technology will play an increasingly important role, adding: “We have got to break away from this treadmill of the 10-minute appointment which drives GPs crazy and which leaves patients often frustrated.”