Tribute paid to Walter James

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ON behalf of the NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald, the local Primary Care Trust, I am writing to pay tribute to Walter James who passed away at Christmas.

Professor James made a significant contribution to shaping health services in the local area, particularly in his role as a non-executive director for Eastbourne Downs Primary Care Trust.

He will be very much missed for his generosity and enthusiasm in sharing his knowledge and significant expertise around health care, as well as in many other areas.

He was an active member of a number of bodies including his local GP Patient Participation group, the Patients Forum, East Sussex Seniors Association and our own Patient and Public Involvement steering group, amongst others.

Professor James contributed greatly to our work to involve and engage patients and the public in developing local health services and many of his suggestions are still in evidence now.

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Rita Lewis

Interim Chair,

NHS East Sussex

Downs and Weald