£158m to be cut from Dorset's health budget


The Lib Dems want to make sure your voice is heard.

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The Conservative Governments' funding cuts to the NHS mean that vital health services are going to be dramatically cut across the county.

Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) must find £158 million of savings by 2021 to fill the funding gap as Jeremy Hunt continues to cut the national health budget.

Major changes face Dorset residents, including downsizing of two major Accident and Emergency departments in Poole and Dorchester, the closure of children units, maternity units, community hospitals and GP surgeries.

The proposals come as Dorset's hospitals are already struggling with a lack of beds, staff shortages and scarce resources.

Last Autumn, Dorset CCG published that they were considering a strategy document that is proposing a drastic reduction in the number of 'sites delivering Primary Care' or what we call GP Surgeries.

In East Dorset and North Poole it envisages a reduction in GP locations from 19 at present to between five and 10. Purbeck is set to see a reduction from six at present to between two and four. They would be replaced with 'super surgeries' with up to 50,000 patients each.

Thousands of patients, hospital workers, and members of the public demonstrated against the slashing of Dorset's health care services at Poole hospital and Dorset County Hospital last year.

Health chiefs have tried to reassure the public that GP surgeries will not be forced to merge or close. The Conservative Government aims to save £22 billion by inevitably cutting the quality of care to patients and worsening the pay and conditions for the 31,000 NHS staff in Dorset.

The consultation on these major changes runs until 28th February. Have your say at www.csr.dorsetsvision.nhs.uk or phone 01202 541946 to request a questionnaire. Or sign our petition calling on the CCG to fully consult the public on their proposals.

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