An independent report looking at responses to the Improving Dorset’s Healthcare Clinical Services Review consultation has been published today.

The 400 page-report, written by specialist consultation analysts, Opinion Research Services, gives details of the public response to proposals for the future of acute and community services across Dorset.

The report looks at responses from more than 18,500 people who shared their views on the options for consultation either online, or by post. It also analyses feedback from thousands of other people that took part in focus groups, a telephone survey or made their views known through written submissions or petitions.

All submissions made within the three month consultation period have been read by ORS, coded and reported. They will now be carefully considered by the CCG’s Governing Body prior to any decisions being made on the proposals. The earliest date for this is September 2017.

A summary report of the responses to the consultation was shared with a range of stakeholders in June 2017.

Dr Forbes Watson, Chair of NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group said “I would personally like to thank all individuals and organisations who took the time to give feedback on our proposals during the public consultation and would like to reassure them that their views will be listened to as we consider any final decisions and recommendations.”