The ALLIANCE has responded to a GMC call for evidence on the use of telephone, video and online technology during consultations.
Our response notes our concern that, despite an increasing demand for remote healthcare consultations and prescribing, progress in this area has been very limited. Recent studies have shown remote consultations and prescribing to be an effective medium whilst being popular with people using them.
We have called on the General Medical Council (GMC) to ensure the following principles should be followed in the case of using remote consultations and prescribing:
- Ensure there is justification to prescribe medicines remotely, including discussing the feasibility of seeing another prescriber who can carry out a face-to-face consultation.
- Ensure arrangements are in place to guarantee follow up and continuing of care.
- Ensure a clear record is made of the prescribing decision and in particular the method of remote prescribing used.
- Ensure that the person’s primary care record holder is used.
- Ensure that the person’s rights are upheld by providing sufficient information to make an informed choice.
The GMC is expected to publish the outcomes of its consultation later this year.