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Have Your Say On Plans To Make Dorset More Healthy


9:09am 12th September 2012
(Updated 9:14am 12th September 2012)

You're being asked to have your say on plans to improve the health and well-being of everyone in Dorset.

Changes in the way health and social services are provided in the county will see a new Health and Wellbeing Board come into operation next year.

Made up of local council members and officers, GPs and representatives from the voluntary sector, it will set out to improve joint working across different agencies and deliver better results for the public.

Priorities included in its draft strategy include:

- Making sure services are easily accessible to all

- Promoting active, healthy lifestyles and preventing health problems from developing

- Supporting the voluntary sector and engaging with local communities to make sure their needs are met

- Protecting the most vulnerable in society o Helping older people to live healthily and independently.

The board also plans to look at how people's environment can affect their health - such as heavy traffic in some areas, or a lack of affordable housing - and reduce inequalities like life expectancy, which can vary widely in different parts of Dorset.

Public consultation on the strategy will run until 2 November, and copies are available online at https://consultationtracker.dorsetforyou.com/JHWS or by contacting Lucy Johns, health partnerships officer, on 01305 224388.

Health and Wellbeing Board chairman Dr Forbes Watson said:

"We hope this strategy will help different agencies work more effectively together, making the most of our resources and delivering improvements in services which matter most to people in Dorset.

"I hope people will take a look at this document and let us know if they feel our priorities are right, if anything else should be included and how we can engage with communities and interest groups more effectively in the future."

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