The DDA has launched its 2017 general election manifesto. This calls on election candidates in each of the devolved nations to work with the DDA to answer five calls to action:
- Protect the unique rural GP one-stop-shop service that improves people’s access to scarce healthcare resource
- Recognise that rural medical practices are the hub of their local communities, offering traditional family doctor GP services, creating skilled jobs for local people, and reducing social isolation
- Lobby for urgent improvements to the rural infrastructure, particularly, public transport and broadband
- Support the call for an updated rural NHS funding formula that recognises the increased costs of delivering a robust and resilient health service in rural areas
- Recognise that dispensing income is vital for the sustainability of high quality rural general practices
The DDA has produced a 2017 election manifesto for England, and will be producing specific manifestos for Scotland and Wales next week.
For GPs in each home nation the DDA will also make available a GP briefing paper containing instructions for using the DDA’s manifesto resources and further background information on the manifesto points.
GPs are strongly encouraged to support the DDA’s national campaign with local lobbying. Resources available to use in local lobbying are as follows:
- press release to be sent to local newspapers
- template GP practice website copy
- template practice letter to send to election candidates
- template patient letter for election candidates.
Practices are asked to visit the DDA lobbying documents page to access these resources.