Fury after GP meeting is cancelled last minute

Arun Medical Group's surgery in East Street, Littlehampton will close at the end of the month
Arun Medical Group's surgery in East Street, Littlehampton will close at the end of the month

Healthcare bosses have cancelled a meeting about GPs – days before a major surgery is due to close and with thousands of patients yet to find a new one.

With less than 24 hours notice, Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced on its website that a committee meeting on Tuesday at its headquarters in Worthing had been ‘postponed’ until later this year. It gave no explanation.

The message on Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group's website that announced the closure. Pictured dated Tuesday, October 25.

The message on Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group's website that announced the closure. Pictured dated Tuesday, October 25.

The same committee decided to disperse Arun Medical Group’s 7,000-strong patient list among other surgeries in Arun – but recently admitted that half had not reregistered. Click here to read more.

The surgery in East Street, Littlehampton, will close at the end of October.

Littlehampton Town Councillor Freddie Tandy said: “To postpone a meeting where crucial decisions about improving and bolstering Littlehampton’s health services could be made is nothing short of abhorrent. It shows a body completely out of touch with the population it supposedly serves.”

Mr Tandy said that in response to the ‘inaction’ of the CCG, the Littlehampton Labour Party would form a ‘health vision’ made up of residents’ views to feed back to it.

To postpone a meeting where crucial decisions about improving and bolstering Littlehampton’s health services could be made is nothing short of abhorrent

Littlehampton Town Councillor Freddie Tandy

Party members will be at the clock tower on Littlehampton High Street at 11am on Saturday to survey residents.

The CCG was approached to explain the cancellation but did not respond.

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