Scrap social distance and see lots of patients, tell GPs

GPs will be told to scrap the two-meter social distancing policy on surgeries to allow them to see more patients.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid is expected to announce a package of measures in the coming days to cut NHS bureaucracy and free up family doctors time to practice more face -to -face.

Part of the package, first reported by the Daily Mail, will include the removal of the two-meter rules in practices and a deletion of cleaning regimes.

Last month hospitals were told they could scrap the two-meter rule in an effort to help the NHS see more patients.

The guidance also eliminated the need for patients to undergo PCR and isolation tests prior to surgery.

It is understood infection control experts will also look at GP operations to determine if policies can be relaxed there as well.

A Whitehall source told the newspaper that some GPs opposed to returning to personal consultants would be “held accountable”, but did not comment on what action would be taken if they did not cooperate with the new guidance.

The source said: “GPs are doing a great job under difficult circumstances – we are full of praise for most doing their best for patients.

“We are working closely with the NHS on a plan to support GPs and deliver better outcomes for patients. We all want the same outcome and by working together we can achieve it but we will hold on small minority to leave the side.

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