RACGP wary of "virtual" clinics plan

A plan to set up “virtual” clinics allowing doctors to provide remote video consultations with unknown patients has sparked safety warnings from the RACGP.

Skype2doctor is due to be rolled out from January 14. Under the service, patients register free with a website and then book online appointments with GPs signed up to the system.

The website states: "Our unique virtual waiting room provides a countdown to your appointment and keeps you informed if your doctor is running late. Simply log in to Skype, relax in our