Independence will safeguard the GP’s future

Every day patients appear with symptoms that are not straightforward. It goes with the territory.

Time is a crucial element of the consultation. It is essential if one is to read the body language, prioritise symptoms and create the human connection. Patients rarely present with just one problem. Two, three or a list are common, with the most important questions left to last and asked only in an unhurried consultation and relaxed atmosphere.

The six-minute consult myth has been