Boss moves to allay fears over West Sussex hospital services

PLEDGE St Richard's Hospital in Chichester
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AN NHS lead in Sussex says key services will not be cut after fears were raised by councillors.

The accident and emergency wards and maternity services will remain at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester.

It comes after the health and adult social care select committee at County Hall in Chichester heard the NHS across Sussex would have to find £440m over the next two years to run services as it does now.

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs St Richard’s Hospital, needs to make around £19m of savings.

The trust’s chief executive Marianne Griffiths said: ‘Both I and the rest of our board have publicly, and repeatedly, insisted that we are committed to keeping A and E, consultant-led maternity services, and emergency surgery at both Worthing and St Richard’s hospitals.

‘That has not changed, and will not change.

‘I can also be clear that we have no plans to move paediatric services from either site, and would not seek to do so.

‘Having said that, we would always seek quality improvements to maternity and paediatric services.

‘That is why we will be taking part in a Sussex-wide examination of best clinical practice in these areas.’