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DDA writes to post-election MPs to secure support

Invite your MP to visit your practice

January 22nd 2020

Tagged: DDA news political news

By Ailsa Colquhoun

The DDA has written to MPs in England, including those newly-elected, to lobby for support.
Accompanied by a new post-election parliamentary briefing paper, the letter asks MPs for their help in maintaining vital GP services in rural areas.
The DDA points out that there are many reasons why rural constituents place a high value on family doctor practice in rural areas:
  • The range of ‘extra’ health and wellbeing services offered by rural GPs, over and above core NHS GP services.
  • Access to services that would otherwise be unavailable locally, eg, NHS medicines supply service
  • The opportunities rural GPs offer for local skilled employment and training​.
  • MPs were invited to view a new briefing paper to understand the difference dispensing GPs can make to local rural economies and their people. This points out that rural GPs face a wide range of pressures from NHS policy that is insufficiently rural-proofed.
Currently, the most pressing issue facing rural dispensing GPs is the review of community pharmacy drug reimbursement,  which is in danger of producing regulations with unintended consequences for dispensing GPs. The consultation responses are now under review. The consultation details are available online.
MPs have been encouraged to visit a GP surgery to see for themselves the vital role played by rural dispensing GPs and to hear first-hand the difference political support can make to local people’s lives.
DDA members are  encouraged to use the briefing paper in local lobbying, and to host an MP visit. Local MPs’ contact details are available online. Please inform the office of any visit arrangements you make.

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