Living In Deprived Parts Of Weymouth And Portland Will Shorten Your Life
7:39am 9th January 2015
(Updated 8:16am 9th January 2015)
Men living in the most deprived areas of Weymouth and Portland are expected to live 11 year LESS than those living in prosperous areas in the two towns.
The shocking statistics are from the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.
They are using evidence they have gather as a "Case For Change" as to why services now need to adopt to the needs of the population in Dorset, and why they can't be delivered the same way.
The findings also suggest that more than half of patients currently admitted to community hospitals could be treated at home.
There's also a suggestion that emergency surgery in Dorset's three acute hospitals doesn't always meet national quality standards.
Chair of Dorset CCG and local GP, Dr Forbes Watson, told Wessex FM: "The evidence we have gathered on the current picture of healthcare shows that most patients currently receive good care in Dorset, but there is too much variation, both against national standards and within Dorset itself."
"In addition we know our population is changing and getting older, and that brings new health demands we need to meet."
"And the money we have to secure healthcare for local people isn't increasing at the same rate as rising costs and demand."
"We want to make sure we are putting resources where they will give the best return and the maximum health gain for Dorset's population."
The report also shows the NHS in Dorset faces a growing financial challenge. If nothing changes in the way services are provided, Dorset will face a predicted shortfall between the income it gets and rising costs of between £167-200 million in five years.