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Ministers held to task over rural service funding

MP drills down to need for additional funding

May 26th 2021

Tagged: political news Rurality England

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Ministers have been tasked with defending rural health service funding.

In a question from Newton Abbot MP Anne Marie Morris, health minister Jo Churchill was asked: “What assessment has [been] made of the additional requirements of general practice in rural areas?”

Ms Churchill answered: “Capitation payments to practices include a formula weighting for rurality. We also recognise there are issues with recruitment and retention in some rural locations. The Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme offers a £20,000 salary supplement to attract general practitioner trainees to work in areas of the country in which training places have been unfilled for a number of years.

Additionally, NHS England and NHS Improvement have allowed commissioners to waive the Primary Care Network (PCN) minimum population where a PCN serves a community with a low population density across a large rural and remote area.”

Ms Morris recently asked about EPS delivery in dispensing practice.