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Letters Challenges for rural hospitals

Providing surgical services in rural settings

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 18 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2324
  1. David Sedgwick, consultant general surgeon1,
  2. Gordon McFarlane, consultant general surgeon2
  1. 1Badabrie, Fort William, UK
  2. 2Gilbert Bain Hospital, Lerwick, UK
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As rural general surgeons, we welcome Oliver’s article outlining the challenges in providing healthcare in rural areas.1 Oliver correctly cites several problems that must urgently be tackled, including strains on patient transport, reconfiguration of health services to a “one size fits all” urban …

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