Brighton and Hove’s Conservative opposition leader Tony Janio has called for a hospital for Hove.
Councillor Janio said that a hospital, containing a diagnostic centre, GP hub and small A&E unit, should be built when houses go up in Toad’s Hole Valley.
There would be space for the community facility now that a new secondary school no longer looked likely, he said.
Hove had its own general hospital, in Sackville Road, until the 1990s. The 19th century building has been converted into flats and is now called Tennyson Court.
A replacement hospital was promised but late in the day it was downgraded. Hove Polyclinic was built in the late 1990s, a few years after the old Hove General Hospital closed.
Councillor Janio said: “Chatting to hundreds of residents across my ward of Hangleton and Knoll over the years, I have noticed a thin but consistent theme: many, but certainly not all, think they were ‘robbed’ in the ‘merger’ with Brighton.
“Not disliking Brightonians, of course, they have noticed that, with the majority of Labour councillors hailing from Brighton, most of the ‘goodies’ over the last 20 years have been directed eastwards along the coast.
“As a future leader of the council, I will favour neither of the former boroughs, seeking to move forward as a unified city.
“To assist in this Hangleton and Knoll may be able to help, as it has one of the last remaining undeveloped areas in the city: Toad’s Hole Valley.
“The planning guide suggests the area should be developed with a wide range of housing, office and business space, community facilities, shops and cafés, open space and a secondary school.
“Following Labour’s chaotic catchment disaster, we know an extra school is no longer required.
“So, along with my Hove Park colleagues, who have called for a clinic to be built in the area, and my fellow Hangleton and Knoll councillors, who are concerned about the fragile state of GP services, I am appealing to Labour to substitute the no longer required school with ‘a hospital for Hove’.
“Thanks to the Conservative government, the largest investment in Brighton is the multimillion-pound Royal Sussex County Hospital development.
“This will give the city one of the finest teaching hospitals in the country.
“In the UK, somebody dies from cancer every four minutes – and the new techniques that are available to help fight this terrible disease, such as early diagnostic imaging, have been shown to improve patient outcomes.
“Across the country, multidisciplinary community diagnostic centres are being built that are giving GPs and patients faster and greatly improved cancer screening access to diagnostic services from within their communities.
“A diagnostic centre, as well as a GP hub and small A&E unit, would be the perfect friendship-gift to Hove – and Portslade – and achieve some parity of health services with Brighton.
“Let’s build ‘a hospital for Hove’.”
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