The Rural Health Network was established to bring together organisations and individuals with an interest in rural health to network and share best practice. Below you can find out more about the Rural Health Network or see news stories or research of interest.


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Plaid Cymru training plan to boost rural doctor numbers

8 September 2017

Forty student doctors a year could be trained full-time in north Wales, Plaid Cymru has said. (BBC Online)


Healthcare services are top concern for rural residents

6 September 2017

SHRINKING healthcare services are the issue most concerning residents in rural areas, a report reveals today. (Yorkshire Post) 


Rural communities ‘worried’ about declining health services, survey reveals

6 September 2017

Declining health services are the biggest worry for people living in the countryside, according to new figures. (Local Gov)


The Yorkshire Post Says: Action needed on rural health service concerns

6 September 2017

Given the many misgivings that already exist in Yorkshire’s rural heartlands, it speaks volumes that declining health services top the list of concerns expressed by residents. (Yorkshire Post)


Charity takes delivery of new Rural Coffee Caravan following theft of vehicle last month

16 August 2017

Volunteers who bring coffee and company to isolated rural communities are returning with renewed vigour following an “inspiring” fundraising campaign to replace their stolen vehicle (EADT)


Uttoxeter mental health report stance branded 'ridiculous' by worker from support charity

5 August 2017

A council has been branded "ridiculous" for criticising mental health provision in town – a year after its funding cuts contributed to the closure of a Uttoxeter psychiatric charity. (Burton Mail)


Yorkshire has highest suicide rates in the country

8 September 2017

More must be done to tackle a deep-rooted stigma around suicide, health chiefs have warned, as a catalogue of measures are enforced to reduce rising rates. (Yorkshire Post)


Rural living can add two years on to your life expectancy

1 September 2017

People living in rural parts of the UK can expect to live two years longer on average than city-dwellers, according to the latest government health statistics. (Farmers Weekly)


How to get Scotland healthy

27 August 2017

Two-thirds of Scottish adults are overweight or obese – amongst the highest in the world – while about a third of children are at risk of going the same way. (The Herald)


Digital adoption will help all rural sectors – not just tech

17 August 2017

When it comes to unleashing the UK’s rural potential through digital tech, it’s increasingly a matter of global competitiveness, says Brian Wilson, chair of directors at Rural England. (Real Business)


Survey to uncover mental health experiences

10 August 2017

A new survey aims find out people's experiences of mental health. (Leicester Mercury)


Obesity branded ‘major public health time bomb’

18 August 2017

Urgent action needs to be taken against childhood obesity, leaders have warned. (East Anglian Daily Times)


'Loss of rural bus services could lead to rise in mental health issue'

6 September 2017

FEARS have been raised that if rural buses services were abolished it would lead to people becoming isolated which could give a rise in mental health issues. (The Sentinal)


Call for review of health provision

25 August 2017

Local MSP Finlay Carson has written to Health Secretary Shona Robison calling for an independent, root and branch review of health provision in the region. (Galloway Gazette)


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