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Rural GP practices threatened by underfunding and MPIG cuts could benefit from a cross-government review of how policy affects rural communities, a campaign group has said.
The independent review of 'rural-proofing' policy will be conducted by crossbench peer Lord Cameron over the autumn.
Speaking ahead of the second annual conference of the Rural Health Network - set up to campaign for better services outside urban areas - the group’s coordinator Nick Payne said the review would scrutinise the DH over how effective it is at taking account of rural areas’ specific needs.
Mr Payne said ministers often talk about being sympathetic to rural issues. But he said: ‘The reality is, it gets brushed aside in the rush to deal with things on a bigger scale, therefore the additional costs associated with providing services in rural areas are often underassessed.........
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