More political rows over Brighton's Royal Sussex hospital funding

The Argus: Simon Kirby Simon Kirby

A war of words has broken out over £420 million funding for a new Brighton hospital.

Two years after it received planning permission, ministers have still not signed off on funding for the redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Eastern Road, Brighton.

But after Nancy Platts, who will stand for Labour in Brighton Kemptown at the next election, claimed the previous government had already put aside the money, current Conservative MP Simon Kirby called for “an abject apology”.

Mr Kirby pointed to a letter from health secretary Jeremy Hunt which claimed no approval had been given.

Mr Hunt added: “I can confirm categorically that development of the regional centre for Teaching, Trauma and Tertiary Care at the Royal Sussex was not approved by the previous Government and it is not the case that this Government has withheld the release of funds for its construction.”

Mr Kirby said: “The Labour candidate would be better served by supporting my campaign rather than trying to score cheap political points at the expense of local people.”

Mr Kirby added he hoped to meet chancellor George Osborne this week to further press the issue.

In response Ms Platts said: “Accusations like this detract from the real issue, people in Brighton want to know when the hospital will be built.”

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12:00pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Warren Morgan says...

Why has the Tory government - which promised "no top down reorganisation of the NHS" - changed the organisation of the part of the NHS which deals with capital works in hospitals, adding to the delay?

Why has the Government's new NHS body asked the local NHS Trust to re-submit it's bid 19 times?

Why has Simon Kirby not attended any of the monthly meetings about the hospital re-development since being elected?

Why has Simon Kirby asked no questions to the current and previous Health Secretaries about the hospital redevelopment in the Commons since being elected?

Why has he only now started to "campaign for a new hospital" when it finally looks like a decision is likely to be made, just 450 days before he tries to save his seat at the election?

Will the hospital, once redeveloped, be kept in the NHS with services free to patients at the point of use, or will it be parcelled up and handed over to private healthcare companies once the taxpayer has footed the bill for the redevelopment work?
Why has the Tory government - which promised "no top down reorganisation of the NHS" - changed the organisation of the part of the NHS which deals with capital works in hospitals, adding to the delay? Why has the Government's new NHS body asked the local NHS Trust to re-submit it's bid 19 times? Why has Simon Kirby not attended any of the monthly meetings about the hospital re-development since being elected? Why has Simon Kirby asked no questions to the current and previous Health Secretaries about the hospital redevelopment in the Commons since being elected? Why has he only now started to "campaign for a new hospital" when it finally looks like a decision is likely to be made, just 450 days before he tries to save his seat at the election? Will the hospital, once redeveloped, be kept in the NHS with services free to patients at the point of use, or will it be parcelled up and handed over to private healthcare companies once the taxpayer has footed the bill for the redevelopment work? Warren Morgan

12:03pm Tue 7 Jan 14

ThinkBrighton says...

Simon Kirby (who?) as week as dish water, but with less power.
Why do MP's for Brighton have to be fanatical or week and ill informed,
look what we've got:
An MP who will break the law to get her picture in the press
An MP who didn't know his wife was a hooker
and this poor excuse who has the uncanny nack of always looking confused
and really with it
But look what's coming up a candidate who makes things up (obviously schooled by labours Wallace and Grommet)
Simon Kirby (who?) as week as dish water, but with less power. Why do MP's for Brighton have to be fanatical or week and ill informed, look what we've got: An MP who will break the law to get her picture in the press An MP who didn't know his wife was a hooker and this poor excuse who has the uncanny nack of always looking confused and really with it But look what's coming up a candidate who makes things up (obviously schooled by labours Wallace and Grommet) ThinkBrighton

5:01pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Brighton_Boy2011 says...

Finally, an MP doing something about the hospital! It is ancient.

Labour had 13 years with 3 MPs in the City and did nothing, well done Simon Kirby and please keep up the campaign, patients and staff desperately need it!
Finally, an MP doing something about the hospital! It is ancient. Labour had 13 years with 3 MPs in the City and did nothing, well done Simon Kirby and please keep up the campaign, patients and staff desperately need it! Brighton_Boy2011

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