New Littlehampton hospital not needed, Sussex NHS chiefs say

Health chiefs have ruled out building a new hospital in West Sussex - to the dismay of campaigners.

NHS Sussex said there was no need for a community hospital in the Littlehampton area and the money would be better spent on other services.

Campaigners said health chiefs "promised" a new hospital for Littlehampton when the old one in Fitzalan Road was demolished in 2005.

The town's Conservative MP, Nick Gibb, said he was "angry and disappointed".

He added: "I feel that as a town we have been let down by those people who are paid to administer our health service and take decisions.

'No evidence'

"We live in a democracy and people in Littlehampton want a hospital in our town."

In a statement, NHS Sussex said a recommendation would be made to the board not to build the hospital following a review.

It said: "The review concluded that there is no evidence of need for a new community inpatient facility within the Arun locality.

"The recommendation is that money should be directed to other community services which may have a more positive impact on people's health, wellbeing and quality of life."

In December, campaigners delivered 8,000 protest letters to Downing Street demanding to know why a new hospital had not been built.

A final decision will be made at the NHS Sussex board meeting on 27 March.

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