We hope that the decision reached in the Court of Appeal today will reassure people that we acted properly in reaching the decisions which will see improved services for people living in and around Dorset.

During 2018 the High Court dismissed all claims brought as part of the judicial review which was a right and proper process but involved considerable cost to the publicly-funded NHS. We are pleased that the court has upheld this judgement.

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

The decisions that were made following the consultation will bring a number of benefits to people who use local services, these include

  • £147million investment in acute hospital services;
  • More services provided closer to people’s homes;
  • Reduced waiting times for around 6,000 patients requiring planned care;
  • 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.

Further benefits are available in the patient benefits document which was published in October 2018.