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HANDS OFF OUR WARDS: Service move would 'not be about money'

The Echo reported earlier this week that campaigners fighting to protect children's services had been given cause for hope after correspondence between West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin and the CCG revealed the move would not result in a financial saving. CCG representatives have now met with Mr Letwin and the organisation has released a statement saying that the decision whether to relocate the service or not would be based on the quality of care provided rather than to save money.The CCG says it is still considering two options for paediatric hospital based services in Dorset, with each balancing in different ways how best to achieve the highest quality outcomes, patient access to services and deliverability.

Melplash Show: Reality for farmers is a difficult one, says West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin

THIS year's Melplash Show was a window into rural life in west Dorset when farmers showcased their produce.But behind the attractions the reality for farmers is a difficult one, says West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin. He, with National Farmers’ Union president Guy Smith, says the agricultural industry, particularly dairy farmers, are facing great difficulties.Mr Letwin, who is an annual visitor to the show, said: “I will no doubt very considerable amount of discussion with the NFU people when I meet them today about dairy prices and the effect on farmers...

MP backing campaigners' plea for 40mph speed limit after serious A35 crash in west Dorset

A SERIOUS car crash that left four people in hospital with severe injuries has triggered fresh safety calls on the A35.Mr Letwin has given his backing to campaigners wanting a 40mph speed limit to be extended to cover the western side of the village.He said: “I visited this area last week and I think there is no doubt that it is a dangerous spot...

West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin backs Link Park project

WEST Dorset MP Oliver Letwin has pledged his support to an expanding retail park as it awaits planning permission for the next phase of its development. Mickey Jones, chief executive of DJ Property which owns the Link Park site on the Chickerell Link Road, gave Mr Letwin and local councillor Ian Gardner a tour of the site...

SAVE KINGFISHER AND SCBU: Campaigners get backing from MP

CAMPAIGNERS fighting for children’s services at Dorset County Hospital will meet bosses from the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) today.The mums hoping to keep services at the Kingfisher Ward and Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) in Dorchester will head into the meeting buoyed by support from their local MP.The campaigners, who organised a march earlier this month that attracted more than 1,000 people, met with Oliver Letwin at the weekend...

Oliver supports campaigners at Holywell Cross Junction

CAMPAIGNERS are calling for changes to a section of road that has been branded a ‘death-trap’. Mr Letwin said: “I can’t remember how many times I have stood at this junction and been told how dangerous it is. The junction is a death-trap and it’s time for something to be done about it”...