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.