One mortuary for whole of Dorset in latest cost-cutting measures

FOR COUNTY: East Cemetery, Gloucester Road, Boscombe

FOR COUNTY: East Cemetery, Gloucester Road, Boscombe

First published in News

BOSCOMBE’S mortuary will become the only morgue for the whole of Dorset in the latest round of cost-cutting measures.

It comes after Dorset County Council confirmed it will terminate its contract with Dorset County Hospital in order to save £50,000 a year.

The facility was built four years ago in East Cemetery, Gloucester Road and has sufficient capacity to deal with the extra 500 post-mortems a year.

Head of Legal and Democratic Services at Dorset County Council Jonathan Mair said: “As part of merging the East and West Dorset Coroners’ areas into one for the whole county, we are working in partnership with Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of Poole to use one purpose-built mortuary owned and run by Bournemouth Borough Council.”

The countywide service, which starts in June, also has a resilience contract to deal with any major incidents in the county.

The move has sparked concerns, especially in the West of Dorset, that families will have to trek over to the other side of the county to say goodbye to their loved one.

It has provoked outrage among many funeral directors in West Dorset, who say it will have a ‘distressing’ impact on grieving families.

A spokesman for the Wessex Funeral Directors Association, which represents independent funeral businesses in Dorset, said: “We feel Dorset County Council has not given any consideration to the welfare of the bereaved, who may find themselves having to travel vast distances to identify or visit their loved ones.”

It is believed that those who are brought in from the community in circumstances where post-mortems need to be carried out to find out the cause of death, will be taken to Boscombe.

Three jobs are believed to be at risk, although it is not known if the posts will be transferred.

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8:27am Mon 10 Mar 14

H2o-hara says...

It's disgusting ! There are people who choose to die at home if they can , after that passing relatives and friends now have to think on how they are to get to Boscombe to pay their last respects before the funeral .
It's disgusting ! There are people who choose to die at home if they can , after that passing relatives and friends now have to think on how they are to get to Boscombe to pay their last respects before the funeral . H2o-hara
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9:18am Mon 10 Mar 14

chridrum says...

I think the Echo could help by being clearer what this means.
Your reporting seems to imply that every dead person in Dorset will be in Boscombe. This is both upsetting and misleading. Most people will go from the place of their death to a funeral home. Some will have to make an additional journey to Boscombe then back to the funeral home for a post mortem examination. The deceased already make these journeys, the change is from two centres to one and largely affects the people of West Dorset. The £50,000 saving to the council will probably result in an increased expenditure against the deceased's estate. I don't know I'm a nurse not an undertaker.

Good people of Bournemouth do not worry, for you nothing is going to change! currently if you need a post mortem you will be taken to Boscombe either from you place of death or via your funeral home. Generally you will say goodbye to your loved one In a funeral home.

Echo why don't you do a proper bit of reporting with an informed article on what happens when someone dies? It would be so good to reverse the Victorian secrecy that surrounds our passing. Might even be award winning.
I think the Echo could help by being clearer what this means. Your reporting seems to imply that every dead person in Dorset will be in Boscombe. This is both upsetting and misleading. Most people will go from the place of their death to a funeral home. Some will have to make an additional journey to Boscombe then back to the funeral home for a post mortem examination. The deceased already make these journeys, the change is from two centres to one and largely affects the people of West Dorset. The £50,000 saving to the council will probably result in an increased expenditure against the deceased's estate. I don't know I'm a nurse not an undertaker. Good people of Bournemouth do not worry, for you nothing is going to change! currently if you need a post mortem you will be taken to Boscombe either from you place of death or via your funeral home. Generally you will say goodbye to your loved one In a funeral home. Echo why don't you do a proper bit of reporting with an informed article on what happens when someone dies? It would be so good to reverse the Victorian secrecy that surrounds our passing. Might even be award winning. chridrum
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10:23am Mon 10 Mar 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

The rear tyre on that Nissan Micra looks a bit bald.
The rear tyre on that Nissan Micra looks a bit bald. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -7

11:12am Mon 10 Mar 14

smhinto says...

It's a wonder that the Council are not charging the dead to stay there !!
It's a wonder that the Council are not charging the dead to stay there !! smhinto
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11:54am Mon 10 Mar 14

BmthNewshound says...

A saving of a mere £50k a year, which although it may sound a lot of money in Council spending terms is peanuts, does not justify this move. It seems to me that Councils are not taking the needs and wellbeing of residents into account when making decisions.
A saving of a mere £50k a year, which although it may sound a lot of money in Council spending terms is peanuts, does not justify this move. It seems to me that Councils are not taking the needs and wellbeing of residents into account when making decisions. BmthNewshound
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