But research by Bristol, Warwick and Oxford universities found webcam consultations often fail because internet connections are slow or the picture is fuzzy.
This means doctors have to do telephone appointments instead, but these often take longer than face-to-face consultations and patients report being dissatisfied.
They include Babylon Health, with 7,000 patients signed up to its ‘GP at Hand’ online service run from an NHS surgery in West London.
The study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, looked at eight GP surgeries in England that had trialled webcam and telephone appointments. Professor Chris Salisbury, from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care, said: ‘Practices are introducing the technologies for different reasons and a one-size-fits-all approach will not work.‘In particular, we identified a tension between the desire to make access to health care easier and more convenient, while at the same time aiming to reduce GP workload.‘We found that new ways of accessing health care advice may well increase rather than decrease GP workload.’Patients should be obliged to tell their GPs if they are gay, bisexual or transgender, doctors say.
Both requirements are set out in article 25 of the Development Management Procedure Order.
Where a parish council is consulted on a planning application, they should respond within the 21 day consultation period.
Finally, once consultation has concluded, the local planning authority will consider the representations made by consultees, and proceed to decide the application.
Paragraph: 001 Reference ID: 15-001-20140306 Revision date: 06 03 2014 Local planning authorities are required to undertake a formal period of public consultation, prior to deciding a planning application.They argue that they must have a knowledge of patients’ sexual orientation in order to provide ‘optimum’ medical care.There is evidence that LGBT patients are more susceptible to mental health conditions, certain cancers and drug misuse.Paragraph: 003 Reference ID: 15-003-20140306 Revision date: 06 03 2014 Local Authorities have discretion about how they inform communities and other interested parties about planning applications.Article 15 of the Development Management Procedure Order sets out out minimum statutory requirements. In addition, local authorities may set out more detail on how they will consult the community on planning applications in their Statement of Community Involvement, prepared under section 18 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. Publishing information online in an open data format can help facilitate engagement with the public on planning applications.