A new cross party group of MPs meets today for the first time to discuss rural health and social care. The DDA will be in attendance to ensure the unique nature of rural dispensing general practice is raised during the discussion, and is understood.
Dispensing practices are asked to support this effort by sending a letter to their MPs, to invite them to see first-hand the unique nature, and pressures facing rural general practice. A visit is also the opportunity to advise MPs that the contractual and funding overhaul proposed by the General Practice Forward View does not fit readily into the rural dispensing general practice model. County councillors and candidates participating in the May elections can also be contacted, as holders of these posts will decide the composition of the local authority’s health and wellbeing boards.
A template letter for local adaptation is available here.
A two-page supporting briefing paper for MPs is available here.
For more information on the challenges to dispensing practice posed by this proposal, read these briefing documents produced exclusively for DDA members:
The Five Year Forward View – what does this mean for dispensing practices in England?