Leading medical associations and doctors have expressed fears over missing problems, people lacking access to technology and losing close patient relationships in remote GP consultations after Matt Hancock said there should be a move away from face-to-face appointments.

The UK health secretary said on Thursday all NHS consultations should become virtual unless there was a “compelling clinical reason” otherwise.

The chair of the Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) responded by saying the announcement was “certainly not the wonder drug to cure the ills of General Practice”.