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DDA writes to national newspaper over rural blood pressure check disparity

Lack of rural proofing highlighted

August 25th 2021

Tagged: DDA news Pharmacy owners' news England

By Ailsa Colquhoun

The DDA has written a letter to national newspaper The Telegraph to highlight lack of rural-proofing underpinning new NHS over-40s blood pressure checks in pharmacies.

The letter highlights that significant numbers of patients in rural communities do not have access to pharmacy, and that dispensing GPs cannot provide the additional services available via pharmacies.

 DDA chairman Dr Richard West and DDA chief executive Matthew Isom write: “There is an absence of ‘rural proofing’ to NHS policy, and government policy generally, where policy makers seem to think that the world stops outside of big cities and towns.

When will rural communities be afforded their fair share of the pie?”

Read the Letter to the Telegraph