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5 May 2017
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The Dispensing Doctor Association (DDA) has launched its 2017 general election manifesto, asking for all parties to protect rural dispensing practices.
The association is calling on election candidates in each of the devolved nations to:
The DDA, which represents over 6,600 doctors across 1,200 dispensing practices, will produce specific manifestos for Scotland and Wales next week.
An ‘excellent and cost-effective’ model
DDA chairman Dr Richard West said that the current model of dispensing GP practice is proven as the ‘most cost effective’ solution to delivering rural health services.
It is popular with patients and it has been shown by the regulator to ‘deliver safer, more effective, more caring and responsive services, with better quality leadership,’ he said.
‘Please ensure that any policy to restructure GP services does not damage the excellent and cost-effective service model already available in rural areas,’ Dr West asked of all candidates.
The association has provided resources for practices to promote their manifesto on their website.