[Due to word limit I have had to split this into parts A & B, so please view both!]
We all know about the monstrous way past and present governments have harmed the funding of NHS Trust hospitals across the UK but what often doesn't get covered is the decline in healthcare & social care provision for rural areas of the UK.
In order to address this issue I propose the following:
1) Investigate not only the rate of hospital closures, GP services rationing in rural areas as a result of Tory cuts to the NHS but also investigate the dangers such funding cuts are posing to the provision of healthcare (along with cuts to social care provision?) to rural residents in general but also the most vulnerable members in rural communities (e.g. disabled, OAPs, children) especially when vital provisions like ambulance services begin to disappear all together in more remote areas.
2) Investigate the harm the gutting of healthcare provision & social care provision to rural areas to the local economy as fewer healthcare & social care workers are employed in the rural economy as more of them lose their jobs because of 'rationalisation of spending' (AKA reducing & rationing less monies on healthcare & social care provision) at exactly the moment healthcare & social care need in rural areas is needed when demographics of rural areas change to having a considerably much older population and thereby making rural economies that are already stagnant much poorer (as a fewer people 'in work' earning a 'living wage' are able to spend in the local economy?).
3) Investigate whether the current development of rural areas having more elderly population per ratio then young people (i.e. under 50s) means that if further cuts to healthcare & social care provision in rural areas is introduced the UK will like face a catastrophic over-stretch of NHS & social care provision in rural areas as fewer nurses & social care workers are available for a growing elderly population that is dispersed across boroughs & counties due to rural areas having more dispersed populations.
4) Due to the extensive rationing of services that covers a large geographical area healthcare & social care staff in rural areas have had to work much longer hours then their non-rural counterparts which in turn has meant that many NHS Trusts & social care providers in rural areas have extreme difficulty recruiting and retaining staff in rural areas.
As mentioned above (i.e. policies 2 & 3) this healthcare and social care staffing problem has occurred just at a time when the villages & towns of the countryside are becoming considerably far more elderly (i.e. there's more OAPs as not only the countryside see more young people leave but retirees from the big cities like London move in and thus compounding the problem). I propose Labour investigate how this problem of recruiting & retaining staff in rural areas can be addressed & whether introduction of 'tele-medicine' along with further automation can help mitigate some of the difficulties raised by this problem.
[Please view part B]