10 minutes is hardly any time at all, especially for those, perhaps older patients, who have numerous and quite complex health issues. Presumably the 10 minutes allowed includes the time GPs are allowed to update their notes on patients computer records too, which means even less time spent with the patient. If GPs have to rush the appointments then it is more more likely that things will be missed and mistakes made.
The length of GP consultations in the NHS is "crazy" and risks undermining care if more patients are pushed out of hospitals, doctor leaders are warning. Average consultation length is 10 minutes in the UK - thought to be the shortest in the developed world. GP leaders said this was already too short and the extra workload from the hospital closures proposed by local leaders would destabilise care. The proposals are being made by local health leaders to "modernise" the NHS.