NHS: Funding, Support and Care

Response from Sir Peter Bottomley


October 2019

West Sussex NHS Foundation Trust Rating 

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited Worthing Hospital, amongst other Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust locations, between June and August this year and have now released their results.

When the Trust was inspected in 2016, it received a high rating but with clear areas for improvement. 

This year, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the first acute hospital trust in the country to be rated ‘outstanding’ across all five quality domains: well led, safe, effective, caring and responsive. The Trust have also been rated ‘outstanding’ for their “use of resources”. Worthing Hospital was also rated ‘outstanding’ across the board.

It is thanks to the dedication of our excellent staff and considerate leadership that the Trust has continued to make such significant improvements. Despite increasing demand for services, those behind the scenes have never failed to put patients first and provide outstanding care. 

Constituents can feel very confident that should they need care in one of our local hospitals, they will be receiving the very highest standards of care. 

Congratulations and gratitude should be given to Dame Marianne Griffiths DBE and the teams at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and at Worthing Hospital.

June 2019

Listeria Outbreak in Worthing Hospital

Earlier this Month, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trustconfirmed that two recent cases of Listeria infection are believed to have been linked to pre-packed chicken sandwiches supplied to catering outlets at Worthing Hospital.


The staff at Worthing Hospital immediately withdrew all Good Food Chain products containing chicken from patient catering service and the League of Friends shop. The following day all of the company’s products were removed following confirmation from PHE that the concern related to Listeria. I have received assurance that no other food outlets, shops or restaurants in any of our hospitals stocked products from this supplier.

Public Health England has confirmed that any risk to the public is low. To date, no-one outside of hospital has become ill. I echo this advice, people should only seek medical attention if they develop symptoms.

There are easy ways to prevent the risk of cross contamination through safe handling, safe cooking and safe consumption of processed vegetables, meats and other at risk food items. 

I am grateful to Dr Maggie Davies, Chief Nurse at Worthing Hospital, and her colleagues for their quick response and openness about the issue. We can also praise Public Health England for their swift notification to all of those who might have been affected.

Thank you to the many of you who have contacted me asking about sustainable and improved future funding for the NHS.

January 2019

NHS Long-term Plan 

There are several positives I would like to highlight from yesterday's Long-Term Plan announced by the Government.

A new focus on prevention and early detection will save lives whilst easing the pressure our local hospitals and surgeries face.


I am confident that we will see these changes benefit Worthing Hospital and the many GPs across Worthing West.

Treatment for mental health illnesses has for lagged behind physical illness for a long time. We can welcome the additional funding pledged to close this gap, with £2.3bn specifically targeted at providing therapy and treatments for hundreds of thousands of patients across Worthing West and the United Kingdom.

Some key points that I would like to emphasise are:

  • Mental health support in schools and 24-hour access to mental health crisis care via the NHS 111 service

  • Extra support in the community so patients can be discharged quickly from hospital and reduce the number of outpatient appointments by a third

  • New testing centres for cancer patients to ensure earlier diagnosis

  • DNA testing for children with cancer and those with rare genetic disorders to help select the best treatment


A long term vision and a focus on results, not figures, is what is needed to ensure our National Health Service continues to look after our country.

July 2018

NHS Funding 

Thank you to the many of you who have contacted me asking about sustainable and improved future funding for the NHS.

How to fund the NHS in the long-term is one of the most pressing and potent political issues facing the country. Demand for the NHS only continues to rise, and as the population ages, there are a growing number of widespread chronic conditions which will be increasingly expensive and challenging to address, without a credible and effective plan to fund the NHS and social care.

As I am sure you are aware, the Prime Minister recently announced the Government’s intention to provide the NHS with an additional £20.5 billion by 2023/24. This new investment is extremely welcome, and I hope you agree it demonstrates the Government’s commitment to properly funding our NHS and public services. 

Alongside this, the NHS is expected to come up with a ten year plan to demonstrate how it will continue to improve patient care, offer world-class services, and increase productivity, which is so important in a taxpayer funded healthcare system.

While the details of how this funding will be provided will be unveiled by the Chancellor, I hope I can assure you that my ministerial colleagues are working to provide a solution which provides the NHS with the investment it needs, and is financially sustainable in the long run. It is essential that our public services are supported by a strong and healthy economy, and I have every faith that the Government will foster the growth and economic dynamism the NHS needs to thrive.

I am proud of the Government’s recent record on the NHS. Despite difficult financial circumstances, NHS investment has increased every year since 2010, with the Coastal West Sussex receiving 14% increase of funding per registered patient since 2013, and I believe this new investment will help to secure the NHS for the future.

You can see for yourselves the level of funding our local CCG is receiving via the NHS England Website:


Do feel free to contact me should you wish to discuss this further and thank you again to all those who have written to me on this issue.