A new report by The Royal College of Physicians has described the current outpatient system in the NHS as ‘no longer fit for purpose’ according to the BBC.

The report criticised the amount of time wasted in the current system, where patients have to take time off work and travel to hospitals for appointments which could be achieved via video or telephone consultations. Additionally, valuable resources are wasted when appointments are cancelled or patients fail to turn up.

The report further commented on the administrative failings of the current system which is struggling to meet the needs of increasing demand. The BBC observed that the number of appointments had doubled over the last decade.

The report called for the system to be updated in order to make the most of the resources available and take account of patient needs and circumstances.

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