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GPs should give patients walking on prescription, suggests MP

GPs should be able to prescribe walking to patients ‘to improve their life’, a Conservative MP has suggested.

Macclesfield MP David Rutley said there is a case for CCGs to look at how they can encourage patients to walk, and enable GPs to prescribe it to improve their health.

Although Mr Rutley, who co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Mountaineering Group, admitted his idea was ‘radical’ and that GPs may struggle to convince ‘grumpy teenagers’ to adhere to the prescription.

Speaking in a House of Commons debate on rural communities earlier this month, Mr Rutley said: ‘Thinking a little more radically, there is a case for clinical commissioning groups and our general practitioners to recognise the role that walking plays and, on occasion, to prescribe walking for people as a way for them to improve their life.

‘I agree that it may be difficult for grumpy teenagers, but there is a case to be made for encouraging more people to do this.’

‘I very much hope that in the year ahead we can make significant progress on walking and connecting that to our rural communities, just as the cycling lobby has been very successfully doing over the past couple of years. It has to be commended, and I support that fully, but we now need to get to the next level and bring that to walking, which is an important and sustainable form of transport.’

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Readers' comments (26)

  • Vinci Ho

    So much wisdom to our politicians . They really struggle to find something 'useful' to talk about?
    So they don't really have to do much because problem will be solved as long as GPs prescribe walking to patient. Walking? Seriously?
    By the way , how much are we paying these politicians for their salary?

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  • Hope he has not made a spelling mistake.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Yes . The alternative spelling could be a very interesting prescription in NHS as well😏

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  • Could we, instead, give our MPs "Stop coming out with stupid ideas" prescriptions?

    Most MPs would unfortunately need this to be on repeat.

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  • I prescribe that our politicians take a long walk off a short pier.What a plank.

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  • Could we prescribe for them to 'jog on' instead?

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  • Has walking been assessed by NICE ? It can cause joint pain , increased appetite and the lethal side effect of omnibus squashitis a deadly soft tissue compressive disease on contact with public transport.

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  • They should be made to walk to McDonalds and the Offy

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  • If a patient presents with constipation , my script would read "defecate TDS for next 3 days as suggested by your MP " !

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  • Is this chap form the ministry of funny walks?

    sadly no conservative politician currently talking about the NHS has an ounce of comedy they just guff all the way

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