We have been notified that the Secretary of State has asked the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) to carry out an initial assessment and welcome the opportunity for further independent scrutiny of the changes to healthcare services in Dorset.

We will be working with NHS England and NHS Improvement to ensure that the IRP has all the information and supporting evidence it requires to assist its assessment.

We do not wish to speculate further before the IRP has completed its assessment.