Key messages from the DDA conference taking place next week at the NEC, Birmingham have been picked up by rural champion organisation the Rural Services Network.
Presentations by RCGP chair Dr Rob Lambourn and DDA chair Dr Richard West, due to be heard on October 17-18, feature in the RSN’s October bulletin. To find out more about the DDA’s 2018 annual conference, visit the conference page.
Health and wellbeing is a key priority for the RSN, which seeks to provide a voice for rural communities by representing rural services, networking between rural service organisations and establishing and broadcasting best practice in rural service provision.
The RSN says that despite its idyllic image, rural communities often experience difficulties in accessing health and support services. This is becoming increasingly difficult as specialist services are centralised to remain resilient and poor transport links reduce access. There are recruitment and retention issues amongst medical staff in rural areas. Rural residents are therefore vulnerable to isolation and poorer health outcomes in the long term.
The DDA is a member of the RSN, and previous submissions on behalf of DDA members are available online.
The RSN has published a Manifesto ‘Seeking the best for Rural England’ 2015-2020