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Labour say no more delays to new hospital

Labour are asking why there is still no decision from the Government on funding the redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County NHS Hospital , two years after planning permission was granted and two years after a cross-party council motion calling for funds to be released.

Councillor Warren Morgan , Leader of the Labour Group and one of the councillors who represents the hospital area said:

“In the two years since the council granted planning permission and called for the funding to be released, the Government has asked for the bid to be resubmitted no less than twenty times. Despite ministerial visits and Cabinet ministers saying it is “when not if” we are still waiting, and patients are still being treated in wards built before Florence Nightingale started nursing. David Cameron failed to give a decision this week when in the area, and we can only assume that the announcement is being timed to benefit the local Tory MPs at the General Election in 400 days time, not NHS patients.”

The issue will be debated at a council meeting on Thursday, when Labour will be again asking for all-party support in calling on the Government to release the funds to redevelop the Eastern Road site.

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