Farming Today This Week: Rural Healthcare
Britain's rural health care sector is coming under increasing pressure. A lack of GPs, local surgery closures and long waiting times for ambulances are all adding to the problems of providing good quality care in the rural areas. The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, acknowledged the issue earlier this year, when he promised financial bonuses for new GPs willing to work in rural areas. We ask whether this will make a difference. Charlotte Smith visits a GP practice in Somerset, to meet doctors, patients and a "village agent", whose job is to try and keep people healthy and happy in their own homes.
Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Emma Campbell.