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ICGP AGM hears video cannot replace face-to-face consultations

The ICGP is meeting for its AGM in Wexford this weekend with the theme of “Designing the Future GP.”

“Most patients require longitudinal care to deal with chronic illness, a range of conditions or disability,” said incoming President of the ICGP Dr Richard Brennan.

” The majority of people benefit from and want the ongoing care from doctors who know them, and video consultations will not reduce the level of hospital admissions.”

The professional and training body for Irish family doctors has predicted that remote video consultations will be unsuitable for the vast majority of people requiring care, and will not reduce hospital admissions, even though they will have a role in the future.

The ICGP’s Chair of Communications, Dr Mark Murphy, said “GPs are innovators and early adopters of new technology. The College has promoted a whole-system use of ICT in general practice, and Irish family doctors are amongst the most advanced in terms of digital health in Ireland.”

“There is a lot of talk now about video consultations with doctors, but nothing can replace the primacy of face-to-face consultations between doctors and their patients. In fact, only a fraction of patients are suitable for accessing patient care via a video consultation with their doctor.”

ICGP AGM continues in Wexford today. 

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