It was understood infection control experts would also look at GP surgeries to determine if rules could be relaxed there also.
A Whitehall source told the newspaper some GPs resisting the return to in-person consultations would be “held to account”, but did not comment on what action would be taken if they didn’t cooperate with the new guidance.
The source said: “GPs are doing a great job under difficult circumstances – we are full of praise for the vast majority who are doing their best for patients.
“We have been working closely with the NHS on a plan to support GPs and deliver better outcomes for patients. We all want the same outcome and by working together we can achieve it but we will hold the small minority letting the side down to account.”