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UK coronavirus death toll hits 427 while online consultations soar

by LLB Politics Reporter
1st May 20 3:25 pm

The death toll across the UK hit 427 on Friday and the total has now exceeded 27,000. England saw 352 deaths, Northern Ireland 18, 17 in Wales.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed 40 new cases with the death toll now standing at 1,515.

Professor Martin Marshall, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, told the Commons Health and Social Care Committee there had been a spike in online consultations.

Professor Marshall told MPs “There’s going to be a dramatic change.

“So, prior to the pandemic, about 70% of consultations in general practice were carried out face to face.

“Now, according to the data, it’s about 23%, I suspect it might even be less than that.

“That’s been enabled, of course, because it had to be, that was the reality of not being able to provide face-to-face care except when it’s exceptionally required.

“Most importantly, it’s been enabled by having access to the technology and the investment that’s been put into the technology.

“I think the future will be somewhere between where we were and where we are.

“I don’t think that 70% of consultations have to be carried out face to face before the crisis and I don’t think 20% to 23% is right either.”

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