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New MP group for rural health

Use the template letter to contact your own MP or county councillor

January 31st 2017

Tagged: DDA news political news England

By Ailsa Colquhoun

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.

Find your MP’s contact details.

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?

What do future voluntary MCP contracts mean for dispensing practices?

The first meeting of the new APPG on rural health and social care will look at the different challenges of delivering health and social care in rural areas as compared to urban areas. It will ask commissioners and providers to answer the question: can current models of care meet rural needs? Speakers include: Professor David Oliver, clinical vice president at the Royal College of Physicians and NHS consultant in geriatrics and acute general medicine at the Royal Berkshire NHS;  Patrick Hall, fellow at the Kings Fund and Dr Derek Greatorex, clinical chair, South Devon and Torbay CCG.

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