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Healthcare in Remote and Rural areas in Scotland

Post Date: 10 July 2023
A rural area. A sign in the foreground at the right of the image, points to a Doctor's surgery that we can see in the distance. A road leads up to the faraway doctor's surgery - fenced in fields on the left and right of the road.
Image from the Institute of Health Research and Innovation at the University of Highlands and Islands.

There are some healthcare issues that can impact on remote and rural areas more significantly. Furthermore, the number of people living in rural and remote areas grew 10% in the years from 2011-2021. This is the greatest area of population growth across the whole of Scotland.

As a result of this, the Scottish Parliament's Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is planning an inquiry into healthcare in remote and rural areas in Scotland and would like to hear your ideas and suggestions for what the inquiry should focus on.

What’s it about?

What are the most important issues that the Committee should look at in its inquiry into healthcare in rural and remote areas?

What are the biggest problems to accessing healthcare if you live in a remote or rural area or community in Scotland?

Knowing your views will help the Committee think about the most important issues to focus their inquiry on so they can concentrate on the issues that matter to you.

How do I take part?

The Committee has set up a website where you can share your ideas with them. Participants are invited to add their ideas and issues to the platform and also rate and comment on other ideas. Visit the website at

You will also be able to complete an Easy Read Survey online, or download an Easy Read survey to complete and send back to the team.

You can also view all the details about the inquiry on videos with BSL translation

If you, or someone you know, don’t want to complete the survey online, there is also help to support group discussions in local communities.

The call for views closes on 11 August 2023.

What will happen next?

Your comments will be used to help MSPs on the committee learn about your experiences and thoughts on the healthcare in rural areas of Scotland. The MSPs will then pass their suggestions on to the Scottish Government to influence and inform their future policies or to amend legislation.

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