The Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched a Clinical Services Review in December, which outlines proposals for changes in the way Dorset’s NHS Services are delivered.
What has triggered this review?
Our National Health Service will face major challenges nationally, not just locally, over the next five years.
Contributing factors include:
- a growing population as a greater number of people live longer
- an increased demand on services
- potential difficulties filling job vacancies
- variations in the quality of care
- a predicted £158m deficit in funding per year by 2020 – the effect of which is almost impossible to visualise.
Larger hospitals in the county will potentially face significant changes. There are also proposals to bring more care closer to home through the development of community services, including new hubs.
What can the public do?
A three month public consultation started at the beginning of December and runs until 28th February. The document has been created by local doctors and healthcare professionals for everyone who lives in Dorset to read.
Once you have read the consultation document, there is an online questionnaire for you to fill in. The links to the CSR Document and the questionnaire are here.
Where can I find up-to-date news about the review?
‘Mine – Yours – Ours’
As Dorset Mind, we can only underline how important this for local mental health services. And especially for charities such as ourselves who do support the people who don’t quite meet the tough criteria for statutory help.
The proposed changes will certainly affect Dorset Mind – from our funding through to the services we provide.
It’s absolutely crucial for you to let those in charge of the NHS know how important your mental health is as well as your physical health.
The deadline for the questionnaire is 28th February – don’t forget to fill it in and make your views heard.