The DDA has attended a cross-party Parliamentary inquiry into rural health and social care, to discuss how rural health and social care needs are currently met.
In the second of eight meetings, the All Party Parliamentary group for rural health and social care looked at the challenges of delivering health services across rural communities, as well as the role of private and voluntary providers in service delivery.
The inquiry, which is being led by Devon MP Anne Marie Morris, will look at the issues including the needs of rural communities, successful rural service models, workforce challenges and opportunities, education and training challenges and opportunities, structural and technology opportunities and challenges, and the opportunities presented by integration opportunities and threats. The inquiry is expected to run until October 2020.
Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock is believed to be to exploring the feasibility of a rural strategy.