CQC report: Eastbourne MP’s reaction as hospital is criticised

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Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd has today said the damning CQC report on the DGH has shown that the public’s fears and anxieties around the hospital were well-founded and that the leadership there was “dreadful”.

Responding to the report, Mr Lloyd said, “This report has unfortunately confirmed many of the issues regarding the trust and our local DGH that have been highlighted over the past few years.

“I was, however, very pleased to see that care at the DGH was rated ‘Good’, but it is an indictment of the senior management that the sterling work carried out by hospital staff working day-in and day-out to care for our families and friends has been shockingly undermined by a culture of fear and dreadful leadership.

“The report rates the DGH, the Conquest and the overall trust as inadequate, with particular concerns around the maternity, surgery and outpatient services.

“An overwhelming majority of people in Eastbourne and Willingdon, along with many hospital staff, wanted the decision to remove consultant-led maternity from the DGH to Conquest to be reviewed and assessed by a proper, independent, clinical body.

“Bearing in mind the hospital senior managers and some councillors on the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee disregarded these wishes, this report lays bare that our profound anxieties were well-founded.

“The report goes on to say the trust is now being considered by the Chief Inspector of Hospitals to be taken into special measures. Everyone will remember that I called for the chief executive Darren Grayson and chairman Stuart Welling to resign many months ago, because the information I, Liz Walke and the Save the DGH campaign team were constantly receiving from residents and staff alike was so concerning, and this has been vindicated by the report.

“Eastbourne deserves a properly led fully functioning DGH. This CQC report has emphatically shown we have neither at this time. Swift action must be taken to rectify this for the people of Eastbourne and beyond.”