FROM this week a Sussex hospital trust will run more independently of government control.
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs St Richard’s Hospital, in Chichester, achieved the status last month.
And from this week, the trust will be able keep any financial surplus to invest in services, have greater freedom from the government and set clinical priorities, and have a 30-strong council of governors.
Yesterday cakes were handed out to patients to mark the achievement.
Trust chairman Mike Viggers said: ‘We begin a new era where we can have more control over hospital services, and when our 7,600 members will have the chance to make us a more democratic organisation, in tune with the views of people.
‘I know our teams are committed to doing the best, and truly care about patients – becoming an FT is entirely down to them.’
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