Elderly Brits ‘pay £100 cab fares to see GPs in rural areas where ambulances can take an hour’

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Elderly Brits 'pay £100 cab fares to see GPs in rural areas where ambulances can take an hour'



ELDERLY Brits are being forced to pay £100 cab fares to see a GP in rural areas, nurses warn.
Ambulances can also take nearly an hour to reach critical cases.
Getty Elderly Brits are being forced to fork out £100 for taxis to see doctors in rural areas
Meanwhile, ten million people struggle to make a doctor’s appointment or reach hospital when their local surgery or community facility shuts.
Poor public transport and broadband contribute to making some rural areas “healthcare deserts”, the Royal College of Nursing’s annual congress was told.
Phone and internet coverage must improve if Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s vision of digital healthcare with GP consultations over Skype is to be realised, delegates in Liverpool heard yesterday.
Gwen Vardigans, of North Yorkshire, said: “Most city dwellers have a romantic view of country living — idyllic cottages, fresh air.
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“The reality for rural residents is very different if you or a member of your family requires healthcare.”
Community nurse Ali Purkiss, from Devon, said cuts to hospital transport and poor bus services meant patients faced a 50-mile round trip by taxi to attend routine appointments.
She added: “Telemedicine is the way forward but it needs a decent connection — and many patients don’t have broadband.”
Getty Delegates in Liverpool heard that phone and internet coverage must improve if Matt Hancock’s plans are to be realised
Getty Ambulances can take nearly an hour to reach life or death cases in parts of the countryside
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