After a three year campaign, Mid Sussex residents are set to win their battle to prevent the downgrading of the Princess Royal Hospital. The Board of West Sussex Primary Care Trust will meet later this month to consider recommendations that would retain a consultant-led maternity services at the PRH. Accident and Emergency services were safeguarded last year.
Campaigners welcomed the news and thanked everyone in Mid Sussex who has supported the campaign over three long years. Since the threat of downgrading first emerged in leaked documents in 2006:
- Over 71,000 people signed the petition against downgrading
- Two marches and rallies were held, attended by 7,500 (in 2006) and 14,000 (in 2007)
- 1,000 took part in a 24-hour candlelit vigil
- Hundreds attended public meetings across Mid Sussex
Mid Sussex MP Nicholas Soames, who has led the campaign from the outset, said:
“It would be a magnificent result for the community if these recommendations are ratified. The campaign has always maintained that a full consultant-led maternity service was viable at the PRH and these recommendations once again confirm this”
However, this outcome would not have been possible without the tremendous support of people across Mid Sussex who have campaigned in their thousands for locally accessible A&E and maternity services at the Princess Royal Hospital”.