Ten Minute Tyranny

Pulse’s October issue looks at a radical proposal to increase GP appointment times.

This would place a daily limit on GP contacts with patients to 25 patients, allowing longer appointments.

Sofia Lind asks whether this proposal is workable and what practices may have to do to meet the requirement.

Elsewhere in the issue we have a Focus on Digital Doctors, where Pulse speaks with four GPs who are pioneering new ways of treating patients.

And the Big Interview is with former RCGP president Dr Iona Heath who speaks about the new movement that encourages doctors to be more prudent in their use of health interventions. ‘We need a debate about uncertainty, ’ she urges.

We have CPD articles on smoking cessation, abnormal vaginal bleeding and safeguarding children and teenagers.

And columnist Dr Zoe Norris writes to the GMC about the case of an underperforming colleague: Dr C. Apita.

Lastly, Dr Alex Bunn describes a typical day as a prison GP in an article that is both entertaining and slightly disturbing.

Read the latest issue online here, or download the new Pulse app, available on Google Play or iTunes.