MPs have joined the growing call for hospital bosses Darren Grayson and Stuart Welling to resign.
The recent announcement that Eastbourne DGH is to lose consultant-led maternity to the Conquest Hospital in Hastings, allegedly for safety reasons, has been condemned by Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd and Norman Baker, the MP for Polegate and Seaford.
The Save the DGH campaign group called for the resignation of the two men this week and hundreds of people have joined a Facebook group saying it is time for the duo to go.
Mr Lloyd said, “This decision by the hospital trust board opens up a whole set of concerns. It follows HOSC not being informed about this possibility when members were assessing the re-configuration plans around orthopaedics and general surgery last autumn.
“If they had would they have agreed to the downgrade? In addition, did the trust managers ever seriously try to implement the original recommendations set by the IRP when the cross party and cross community Save the DGH campaign saw off proposals to cut consultant-led maternity last time in 2007?
“And finally, why did the senior management fail to adequately deal with the staffing issues which, we are told, have lead to the decision to downgrade children’s services at the DGH?
“I feel the chief executive and chairman have failed to serve our hospital well, they need to consider their position and step down.”
Mr Baker added, “I am afraid this is the latest in a long line of worrying moves by the management at the DGH and I am sorry to say that I, and I suspect many others, have now lost trust and confidence in them, and share the view that a change of management at the top of the trust is now necessary.”
A DGH spokesperson said the board understood the concerns of local people, but that the decision had been made on safety grounds.