Eastbourne DGH report is ‘shocking’ – says Save the DGH’s chairperson

Liz Walke at the Save the DGH protest march around the hospital on September 7th 2013 E37134P ENGSUS00120130909085157
Liz Walke at the Save the DGH protest march around the hospital on September 7th 2013 E37134P ENGSUS00120130909085157
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Save the DGH chairman Liz Walke has branded the CQC report into our town’s hospital as ‘shocking’ but not surprising.

Liz has been raising awareness of problems at the DGH and battling hard to keep full maternity services at the DGH, along with the rest of the campaign group.

She said this afternoon (Friday, March 27), “Sadly we are not surprised at this report.

“It is a shocking report – one which senior management should be ashamed of. They have failed the local population and yet when we’ve pointed things out management have made all sorts of allegations against us.

“However, what with the staff survey, recently published, and now this, surely it is time for a complete change at the top. To salami slice essential services between two hospitals over 20 miles apart with the awful transport links will no doubt seriously affect patients and staff and yet they are in denial.

“And even north of the county they have made it extremely difficult for patients to access hospital services which are closer to them.

“We will be very happy to work with a new management team looking at how to provide excellent, safe services to patients in our local hospital.

“We would welcome looking at new innovative ideas to keep all core services at both the DGH and the Conquest as well as utilising the community hospitals more for those who live nearer those.

“Let’s hope out of this awful report, some good can come out of it.”