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Delivering for Remote and Rural Healthcare: The Final Report of the Remote and Rural Workstream

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Support for Change

The amount of service change required in order to implement the commitments contained within this report should not be underestimated. It is important that capacity is built to support the implementation of commitments; otherwise this report will remain a policy document without effecting change. It is therefore proposed that the Scottish Government allocate funding for the appointment of a National Programme Manager, with appropriate administrative assistance to support NHS Boards and other groups in the implementation of this policy.

In order to implement recommendations, NHS Boards will also require to commit resource to effect change. During the production of this report, there has been a review of NHS Resource Allocation undertaken by the National Resource Allocation Committee ( NRAC). The Scottish Government should consider the impact of the NRAC review on NHS Boards' ability to maintain and develop remote and rural services.

Forward Issue

The Scottish Government should consider providing funding for the appointment of a National Programme Manager with appropriate administrative assistance in order to ensure capacity is built to support the implementation of the remote and rural framework.

The Scottish Government should consider the impact of the NRAC review on NHS Boards' ability to maintain and develop remote and rural services.