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THE chief executive of a hospital trust believes it has a good enough track record to face any financial difficulties.

As previously reported, councillors raised fears that key services would be cut from St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester.

But Marianne Griffiths, chief executive of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs St Richard’s, says it will be able to maintain its services.

She said: ‘All NHS trusts face significant financial challenges in the years ahead, but we have a very strong financial track record.

‘Our aim is to give patients better services, while being more efficient, and we are confident we will be able to do just that.’

n On Monday The News reported the hospital trust needed to save £440m over the next two years. It is in fact the NHS as a whole in Sussex that needs to save that amount and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust needs to save £19m.