Candidates stand for West Sussex health election

From broken bones to new beginnings

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SCORES of people have put themselves forward to stand for election to play a role in the future of hospitals in West Sussex.

In total 115 people are contesting seats to gain election to the first Council of Governors for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs St Richard’s Hospital, in Chichester.

There are 22 places – 16 chosen by the public and patient members, and six staff members voted for by colleagues – who will work with nine people selected to represent other bodies such as other NHS organisations, local authorities and universities.

It is so the trust can reach foundation status. Voting is from August 23 to September 18.