Face-to-face GP visits clash erupts 'We don't want them ringing up about minor stuff'


GB News Mark Dolan has quizzed Dr David Lloyd over the lack of face-to-face GP services, saying GPs “literally chained up the entrances”. It comes as just six in 10 GP appointments in August in England took place face-to-face, despite Covid curbs being lifted. The public have demanded more in-person visits to resume, with physicians warning about the risks of missing out on crucial symptoms when conducting visits on the phone.

The GB News presenter said: “It’s understandable that the public is angry because the perception David, is that GPs closed their doors to the British people for a year and a half. 

Dr David Lloyd said: “Well they didn’t.”

The host interjected: “Well, they literally did, didn’t they? They actually chained up the entrances to GP surgeries.”

The doctor said: “Because we needed to keep COVID out, and because we found that there were better ways of doing things.

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“But now things are opened up again, and all us doctors and nurses are all double vaccinated; now I’m triple vaccinated. 

“So we are now much safer than we were so that we can start seeing patients face to face.”

The host said: “This decision to make GP surgeries COVID secure effectively meant closing GP surgeries.

“We have undiagnosed illnesses, many far more serious than COVID-19, especially cancer.

“And, you know people that didn’t even bother going to the GP if they had symptoms and this is a far bigger problem than COVID ever will be. 

Dr Lloyd then said: “I agree.

“There are millions of patients that are waiting to have a diagnosis made.

“There are millions of patients on the cancer waiting list already.

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“We do want patients to come forward we want patients to come forward, knowledgeable about their symptoms.

“We don’t want them reading up about, you know, minor stuff, because I think that there is a lot of that in general practice.

New figures show fewer than 60% of GP appointments in England were conducted face-to-face last month.

Practice staff and GPs are quitting after an escalating wave of abuse from patients, which has followed weeks of public pressure over face-to-face appointments.



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