Hardworking doctors, nurses and practice staff at Fitzalan Medical Group deserve the support and loyalty of Littlehampton, not criticism or blame.

Littlehampton Councillor Freddie Tandy, who is himself a patient at Fitzalan, is clear that people’s anger and annoyance should instead be rightly directed at the incompetent and out-of-touch local NHS bosses at the Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), whose duty it is to commission and oversee local primary care services.

“Time and time and time again Labour has highlighted the complete lack of action and inadequacy of the Coastal West Sussex CCG. They fail to recognise the desperate need for the provision of GP facilities in the North of Littlehampton whilst overseeing the closure of Arun Medical Group in East Street, which resulted in the transfer of more than 7,000 patients to Fitzalan with absolutely no practical support offered to the hard-working doctors and staff at the surgery.

We have been campaigning for much needed improvements in the town’s healthcare provision for several years and produced ‘Labour’s Health Plan for Littlehampton’. The responsibility for the situation at Fitzalan Medical Group is entirely due to the Government’s chronic underfunding of the NHS and the introduction of the incompetent, out of touch, unaccountable and undemocratic ‘Clinical Commissioning Groups’.

"Coastal West Sussex CCG need to give up their obsession with Feasibility Studies and 'visions', and replace it with cold-hard cash and action for Littlehampton Cllr Freddie Tandy - Littlehampton Labour Councillor
Cllr Freddie Tandy - Littlehampton Labour Councillor

Every time we have voiced our concerns at meetings with the CCG, all we hear are words like ‘forward view’, ‘strategy’, ‘implementation’ or ‘sustainability’ when we need concrete plans. The CCG’s endless feasibility studies and ‘visions’ have cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds, which could have directly provided the services Littlehampton residents so urgently need.

The CCG can help relieve the pressure at Fitzalan surgery by immediately commissioning the desperately needed new GP service for North Littlehampton, where more than 1,000 new homes are being built. If they don’t, we could soon see over 3,000 new residents needing to register with the already overstretched Fitzalan and Park Surgeries.

The CCG must forget the feasibility studies, forget the business case, forget the red tape, and just get on with providing what Littlehampton is crying out for. We will not relent in our campaign until the provision of adequate health facilities for all current and future Littlehampton residents is secured.”

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