In light of comments and questions circulating on social media following the publication of minutes from the recent Dorset HoSC meeting, we would like to clarify that plans for maternity and paediatric services in Dorset have not changed since those which were announced last December, where we set out our preferred option would be for consultant led paediatrics and maternity to remain in Dorchester.

As stated at the Dorset HoSC, Somerset CCG has launched Fit for my Future programme where views are being sought on proposals for services in the county. If, following this process, there is a proposal for services that we think will work then we would only wish to do this if the proposals for Dorset services are met.

We would consult on any proposals (with or without Yeovil) prior to making any decisions.