Major Changes On The Way To Healthcare In Dorset
7:31am 15th January 2015
Major changes are on the way to how we receive healthcare in Dorset.
We're being warned that predicted soaring costs for care means the NHS will need to think differently about how services are delivered.
Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group set out their 'Case For Change' yesterday at Weymouth Pavilion.
Wessex FM was there - you can listen here to some of the comments which were made by local people who went along to find out more.
Wessex FM also spoke to Chair of the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group Dr Forbes Watson, he told us they're facing some tough choices.
"We want to maintain the quality of service and improve it where we can but there's only so much money to go around."
"We're looking at a projected funding gap of between £167-£200 million by 2021 unless we do something different."
But when asked if these changes to fill that gap would involve cuts, Dr Watson was unable to give a definite answer.
He said: "This is about reshaping services and we're only at the start of this process, so I wouldn't encourage the use of the word 'cuts'. It's about making sure we are getting the right services in the right places wherever possible."
The report also showed that in Weymouth and Portland life expectancy varies by over 11 years between men living in the most deprived areas and the more prosperous areas pf the two towns. It also highlighted that emergency surgery carried out at Dorset's three acute hospitals doesn't always meet national quality standards.