Hospital campaign Tom’s key moment

Tom Wye during the KWASH campaign
Tom Wye during the KWASH campaign

‘THE MOST important thing I have done for the town’ was how former councillor Tom Wye described his greatest achievement in his 11 years – saving Worthing and Southlands hospitals.

The former army major turned councillor, 71, who resigned in protest against a gagging order placed on councillors regarding a dispute with NCP last month, has this week reflected on his time representing residents.

Holding the majority of significant council posts, Mr Wye said his involvement as chairman of the Keep Worthing and Southlands Hospitals (KWASH) campaign topped his finest moments.

“It was the most important thing I had done for the town,” he said.

“Without it, we would have lost all the hospital services. People would have died, there’s no two ways about it.

“It was Worthing at its finest – thousands of people were involved.”

One of Mr Wye’s main goals as part of his time in office as mayor, between 2006 and 2007, was to work closely with the town’s young people, but the campaign took over much of his time.

He said: “In the end, of course, we got what we would have asked for on day one, which was a combined hospital trust, with both hospitals keeping their services.

“I wanted to do so much with the youngsters but this took over.”

For the full feature, see the Worthing Herald, out Thursday, March 13.