EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell is worried about future support for the homeless.

She said the proposal by local health managers to close the Station Health Centre is disappointing.

She said: “I remain opposed to the plan while serious issues are outstanding.  I am pleased a new town centre GP branch of the Victoria Medical Practice must be operational before any closure can commence. This was an absolute necessity. 

However, big questions remain around how good the planned homelessness service will be going forward.

Closing the walk-in centre is linked to a very heavy reliance on NHS 111 CAS, especially for our town’s visitors and this is an issue too.   I respect the expertise of our local medical leaders and they have made concessions but further work is needed if this proposal can be effectively mitigated so town centre residents, the vulnerable and visitors do not miss out.”