The Dispensing Doctors’ Association has responded to the call for views on the Primary Care Network Service Specifications.
In its response, the DDA points out the challenges of rurality, in particular, population sparsity and geographical coverage.
DDA chief executive Matthew Isom points out: “It could take a GP, or other healthcare professional, nearly two hours to undertake a round trip of a PCN’s area in some instances. There is no evidence that any of these specifications have been ‘rural proofed’.”
The response also makes clear the difficulties associated with rural recruitment, which underpins the development of PCNs.
PCN policy makers are invited to contact the DDA office to arrange a practice visit, in order to gain a deeper understanding of remote and rural general practice.
Read the full response.