Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust is in discussions with neighbouring trusts and NHS England to increase the level of cancer facilities in east and west Sussex.

Board papers suggest that new cancer facilities could be up and running by 2015.

The papers state: “We have been in detailed discussions with East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and NHS England in establishing further cancer treatment facilities in East and West Sussex. We are optimistic that we will have these operational in mid-2015.”

The papers indicate that the discussions have been held up by cost implications but that “significant progress is now being made”.