West Sussex health strategy up for debate

THE HEALTH strategy for West Sussex will be up for debate at the first public meeting of the West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board today (Thursday April 19).

Chaired by West Sussex County Council leader Louise Goldsmith (Con, Chichester West), the board brings together the NHS, public health, social care, and councillors to work together to improve the health and wellbeing of the county’s population and reduce health inequalities across the county.

The board, which was formed as a result of the new Health and Social Care Act, has met in shadow form for the past 12 months, but it will meet for the first time in public at 2.15pm today (Thursday) at County Hall, Chichester.

During the meeting, members of the public will be able to hear the board consider proposed Health and Wellbeing Strategy for West Sussex and there will also be an update on end of life and palliative care across the County.

Mrs Goldsmith said: “As a county council we have a wonderful opportunity to influence and shape local health and social care services in partnership with our NHS colleagues and making a difference to the health of our local communities.

“As councillors we are accountable to our electors and so have a good feel for what the priorities should be. We look forward to continuing our positive work with the local NHS, especially with the new clinical commissioning groups, to ensure we can make sure local needs are met.”