Seaford people are having to travel long distances for their basic health care needs, says a campaign group.
Improving Seaford Health (ISH) is battling to get the town a better deal – and is seeking more support.
Formed in 2012, the aim of ISH is to help bring together like-minded individuals who are interested in working towards an expansion of health services in the town.
One of the achievements of the non-partisan group has been to ensure that some services are provided under the NHS at the Horder Centre Seaford.
But despite this residents are still obliged to travel to Brighton and Eastbourne for many of their basic outpatient treatments. To make things worse, many basic outpatient treatments as well as consultant-led maternity and paediatric services have been moved further away to Bexhill and Hastings.
Cllr Sam Adeniji, who serves on both Lewes District Council and Seaford Town Council, said, “The NHS is facing one of the largest crises of its life. In Seaford, we have an ageing population. We have young people and families who cannot access adequate community services. We therefore need to expand and strengthen the efforts of our health campaign until the voices of the people of Seaford are heard.”
John Jefferis, of ISH, told a public meeting earlier this year, ”We may not agree on the reasons for the state of the NHS at the moment, we may not agree on the solution, but what we do agree on is that Seaford must get its fair share of the limited health budget available, and at present it is not.”
Cllr Adeniji continued, “We cannot expand or strengthen our campaign without the active support of you, the people of Seaford. Now is the time to stand up and be counted.
“If like us you feel that Seaford deserves better and you are able to give one or two hours a month to help participate in our campaign for improved health services in Seaford, please come and join ISH.”
Anyone interested in finding out more should email Mr Jefferis at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Cllr Adeniji on 01323 873500, 07988 122044 or by email at email@example.com