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Practice in remote areas could disintegrate, report says

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 16 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:384
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    Action is needed now in Scotland to prevent the disintegration of health services in remote areas, according to a report which that calls for new ways of working to help isolated health professionals.

    The report from the Remote and Rural Areas Resource Initiative (RARARI) proposes a number of possible solutions and also recommends that examples of good practice should be sought from in countries such as Norway, Canada, and Australia, which also have to deliver health services to populations thinly scattered over large geographical areas.

    Scotland is already experiencing difficulties in recruiting family doctors to work in remote areas. A recent survey revealed showed that 10% of posts in Argyll …

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