Ten million people in rural areas now lack basic services such as general practices, hospitals and nursing homes

UK jobs are now leaving health: 10 million in rural areas are now missing basic services such as general practices, local hospitals and nursing homes

  • As many as 10 million people in rural Britain live in & # 39; health care deserts & # 39;
  • GP practices, community hospitals and nursing homes remain closed
  • In some areas, ambulances can take almost an hour to reach patients

Huge parts of rural Britain are & # 39; healthcare deserts & # 39; nurses have warned that millions have been struggling to access GPs and hospital treatment.

The ten million people living in the English countryside are served by grossly inadequate health care, they say. And with general practices, communal hospitals and nursing homes that close, things get worse.

While other parts of the NHS focus on revolutionary online systems and app-based healthcare, fragmentary mobile services and substandard broadband make it a piece of cake in many rural areas.

Ten million people living in rural Britain are in & # 39; health care deserts & # 39; where they have difficulty accessing GPs and hospitals

Ten million people living in rural Britain are in & # 39; health care deserts & # 39; where they have difficulty accessing GPs and hospitals

The annual conference of the Royal College of Nursing in Liverpool heard yesterday that ambulances need nearly an hour to reach patients with life-threatening conditions.

Elderly patients are stranded in their homes, making them unable to make an appointment due to poor public transportation, while others have to make a £ 100 taxi and a 60-mile tour for regular hospital appointments.

And Health Secretary Matt Hancock's vision for the NHS to become a digital health service will fail because many parts of the countryside cannot even get 3G mobile coverage, according to nurses.

Gwen Vardigans from North Yorkshire said: & # 39; Most city dwellers have a romantic view of rural life. The reality for rural residents is very different when you need health care. & # 39;

In anticipation of a debate on the issue yesterday, nurses revealed their experiences with the struggling healthcare system. One told how a patient with sepsis in North Devon had to wait 55 minutes for an ambulance. Another said she had waited 45 minutes for a heart attack at a Dorset GP post before an ambulance arrived.

Community nurse Ali Purkiss, from Devon, said: & # 39; It reminds you, you might not survive. & # 39; She said hospital cutbacks and poor public transportation meant that patients in North Devon were confronted with a £ 100 hospital return taxi 25 miles away for routine appointments.

Dawne Garrett, a community matron, said the poor telephone and broadband connections prevented her from accessing vital blood results during a home visit. & # 39; The broadband is too weak. I can't download anything, & she said.

Mr Hancock's five-year plan for the NHS includes the shift from healthcare to more digital services. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health said: & # 39; We are working hard to improve national connectivity. & # 39;

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