Eastbourne councillor renews calls for hospital bus

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An Eastbourne councillor has renewed calls for a hospital shuttle bus in a open letter to the leader of East Sussex County Council.

Cllr John Ungar, county councillor for Old Town, first called for the shuttle service – between Eastbourne DGH and the Conquest Hospital in Hastings – in December last year.

The council said there it would not be able to offer funding for the project but would work with its partners to set up a better transport link between the two hospitals.

But after a year without a solution to the transport issue, Cllr Ungar is now asking the council to set up a cross party group to oversee the project.

He set out his request in an open letter to council leader Keith Glazier this week.

In his letter Cllr Ungar said, “The need for this bus service is very pressing now that many hospitals services are located at the Conquest Hospital Hastings and some located in Eastbourne.

“I believe that this has meant that residents are being forced to make arduous journeys on public transport, with multiple transfers, to reach one or the other hospital.

“I believe this surely must have a detrimental affect on ill patents making this journey between towns.

“I would be very grateful if you would please set up a cross party working group of County Councillors as I requested.”

Cllr Ungar said the need for the hospital bus was becoming more pressing as winter set in – seeing an increase in patient numbers.

He said, “A lot of people when they are unwell find it really difficult to get to the hospitals.

“The poor transport between the hospitals can only exacerbate the problem.

“I’m very concerned about the impact on people.”

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