YOU may be surprised that it has taken this long for doctors' surgeries to embrace and promote web-based consultations.
Firing off a short note to your GP could become second nature, just like sending an e-mail.
You may think this tool would have been introduced long ago, since research suggests it can limit the need for face-to-face consultations, thereby reducing pressure on surgery waiting rooms, the amount of administration and, by extension, the associated costs.
That said, there will always be people who prefer, and need, to visit their GP in person as well as those who prefer to handle hard copies of documents relating to their health or cannot get to grips with the technology.
Given the success of the Stanmore pilot, Harrow PCT ought to investigate offering the rest of us the same opportunity.
HARROW East MP Tony McNulty reckons he will be absolved of any wrongdoing over the second home allowance scandal that overshadowed his work as a Government minister. But we will not know the extent to which it will have damaged his political career until the general election.
The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards is yet to publish the findings of his investigation into whether Mr McNulty broke any rules. But even if we discover he did not do anything wrong technically, he may fall foul of general voter malaise.
Now a backbencher, Mr McNulty should be able to devote much more time to his constituency, and win over a sceptical electorate.