The Mail on Sunday’s alarmist article End of the doctors surgery? GP visits to be replaced by Skype consultations in bid to save NHS £3bn (MailOnline version with 340+ comments) only needed a mention of the 3millionlives (3ML) initiative to turn it from a mess into a complete mess. So much for the value of Ministerial endorsement, when one of the UK’s major Sunday papers can do this to a policy announcement. And the Labour opposition’s Andy Burnham should have known better than to wade in.
For a GP’s view, see Margaret McCartney’s blog (and comments): Loneliness and Telehealth. She may have taken the Mail’s headline too seriously but it is symptomatic of the kind of anti-telehealth press readers can expect to see as the profile of telehealth is raised.