Another report from the Commission for Rural Communities has been published, this time focussing on the
challenges of providing and accessing maternity services in rural areas [link no longer available].
Recent health policy has focussed on patient choice. However, as the report states: “Delivering these choices in rural areas, presents particular challenges. With less availability and variety of provision in rural localities, choice can often only be exercised by women who are able to draw on their own resources, particularly in relation to capacity to access information and transport. It is therefore unclear whether ‘choice’ in maternity services actually helps to address inequalities but may instead serve to aggravate them.”RuralGP was alerted to this item via the Institute of Rural Health Newsflash, a regular compilation of rural health items which is sent to IRH Associates.