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Our local NHS in Dorset has been carrying out a full-scale review of how health services are run in the county. It’s called the Clinical Services Review and it covers both community services and hospital services. They’ve now got proposals for future changes to some services.
Those proposals were put to a public consultation which finished on February 28th 2017. All the feedback received has now been handed over to an independent organisation (ORS - Opinion Research Services) who will produce a report by the end of May. The CCG's Governing Body will decide later in the year which of the proposals to implement taking into account what local peopple told them dujring the consultation.
Below, you'll find links to the documents produced by NHS Dorset CCG about the Clinical Services Review, and then documents of our own that we've produced here at Healthwatch Dorset. Our documents include short guides to what the Review is and what the NHS's legal responsibilities are when it comes to consulting and involving local people in proposed changes to services. We've also produced our own Good Practice Principles - what we think makes a good public consultation. You'll also find links to our Questions & Answers page (where we've asked the NHS questions on local people's behalf about the Review and where you can read their answers).