Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt visited a disused Hove church which doctors are planning to turn into a GP surgery.
Mr Hunt joined Hove GP Tim McMinn and Conservative parliamentary candidate Graham Cox to learn more about the plans for Holy Trinity Church, in Blatchington Road.
Funding has been awarded to Dr McMinn, senior partner at Sackville Medical Centre, in Sackville Road, Hove, to move into the grade II listed church.
Brighton and Hove City Council is due to decide whether to grant planning permission so that the church can be converted into a doctors’ surgery.
Councillor Cox, who currently represents Westbourne ward in Hove, said: “As a former police officer I understand how important it is to deliver quality public services across Hove and Portslade.
“I commend Dr McMinn and the Sackville Medical Centre for expanding into the church and I hope to see this realised in the next year.”
He said that he had campaigned for better access to doctors. And he added that the unique partnership between the church and surgery would be a step in the right direction to a truly seven-day-a-week GP service.
Mr Hunt said praised the “innovative use of an historic and iconic local building which will help secure the future of local GP services”.
He said: “Thanks to a strong economy and the government’s commitment to increasing the NHS budget, funding has been secured for the move but we await planning permission.
“I would encourage the council to do everything it can to speed up the process so residents in Hove can have modern GP services in this excellent location.”
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