NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is pleased that the judicial review has concluded and that all claims brought by Ms Anna Hinsull, a Swanage resident, have been dismissed.

Tim Goodson, Chief Officer, said:

‘The court has confirmed that Dorset CCG has taken into consideration all the matters we were required to consider during the Clinical Services Review (CSR) and consultation processes.

We hope that the High Court’s decision will reassure local people that the CCG has acted properly and in the interests of healthcare services in Dorset.

The CSR and consultation established that we need to change the way local services are delivered in order to secure better outcomes for patients and affordable healthcare for now and the future.

The judicial review was a right and proper process but it has involved considerable cost to the publicly-funded NHS.

The High Court decision will now allow the planned improvements to health and care services in Dorset to be implemented without unnecessary delay or additional legal costs.

We will continue to work closely with our partner NHS and local authority organisations to ensure that the improvements bring about patient benefits and save more lives.

Examples of benefits for local people will include:

  • £147million investment in acute hospital services;
  • More services provided closer to people’s homes;
  • New ways of working for NHS and social care staff that will make best use of their skills and provide better care for local people;
  • Excellent networks of clinical services for stroke, cardiac and cancer services ensuring that everyone gets the same level of care across the county.

We will keep local people fully informed about the future shape of services and continue to work with them to develop safe, high quality services for present and future generations.’

Further information

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the commissioning organisation for the whole county of Dorset. The group is a membership organisation, formed of all 86 local GP practices in the county.

For further information, please visit www.dorsetccg.nhs.uk or contact communications@dorsetccg.nhs.uk