Havant Councillor Ann Buckley, a committee member of the health watch dog, said: 'We know bed numbers have fallen and people do not stay in hospital as they used to. We can understand that. But we feel we have not been given the background information to give us the confidence that these are the right numbers.'
According to the Hampshire Primary Care Trust, the number of beds should suffice, especially since most of the patients will receive treatment at Queen Alexandra Hospital, , Portsmouth, currently undergoing renovation.
Inger Hebden, director of capital planning at Hampshire PCT, said: 'The key is to make sure we build community hospitals that can last 30 years, hopefully 60 years, in such a way that they can cope with changing needs. We are keeping some of the adjacent land in PCT ownership in case we need to expand.'