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Major Shake Up Planned For Health And Social Services

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8:45am 9th October 2014
(Updated 10:29am 9th October 2014)

Sweeping changes could be made to Dorset's health and social care services.

Wessex FM's been finding out about the plans that will affect everyone in the county.

Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth Councils are looking to integrate their services.

They also want to get more volunteer groups involved and to share patient information across their care services.

The move comes as part of changes to their government funding under the Care Act 2014 which will come into effect from April next year.

The project called Better Together aims to reduce emergency hospital admissions. It will focus on early intervention and prevention.  Their aim is to help people to stay independent for longer, allowing them to receive care and support in their homes or closer to where they live.

Leader of Borough of Poole Council Elaine Atkinson told Wessex FM "It isn't about privatising the health service or social care. It's about commissioning quality services where they can be done the best. Local authorities are much better are organising services than providing them."

A decision on to approve these plans will be made at the end of the month.

For more information on the Care Act click here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/care-act-2014-part-1-factsheets

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