Councillors hear concerns from residents over Clinical Services Review

A meeting of the task and finish group that were convened to consider concerns from residents about the NHS Clinical Services Review was held this week.

Representatives from local groups including Defend NHS Dorset, Healthwatch Dorset and individuals were able to give their views on proposals and how they would be implemented.

Dorset County Councillor Ray Bryan, Chair of the task and finish group, said: “We have had a positive meeting where everyone has had an opportunity to share their thoughts and they have been listened too.

“We have received very detailed and useful information which we will consider in depth.”

The task and finish group will receive evidence from Dorset’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).  All the information will then be collated and referred to Dorset’s Health and scrutiny committee which will reflect upon what has been gathered.

The committee scrutinises the way health services are provided in Dorset (excluding Bournemouth and Poole). It’s made up of district, borough and county councillors and is hosted by Dorset County Council.

They can make recommendations to various health bodies, including the NHS, and Dorset County Council.

The next meeting of the committee is scheduled for September, but this will be postponed for a month to give the committee time to consider the reports.