Consultants opposed to DGH cuts

A LEAKED letter has revealed the majority of DGH consultants are opposed to the plans to cut hospital services.

At Wednesday’s meeting Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd challenged the Board of the Trust which runs the DGH and the Board chairman admitted there is opposition from consultants.

Mr Lloyd said, “I am aware a letter has been sent to the board from the consultants at DGH. The letter expresses a lack of confidence in the proposed clinical strategy put forward by the Trust.

“My question is, does the board agree that such a concern expressed by the most senior clinicians at the DGH seem to tally with the profound anxieties I, the Save the DGH Campaign group, and the Eastbourne public feel towards the proposed changes.”

In response, Stuart Welling, the chairman of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said he and his colleagues only saw the letter minutes before the board meeting began.

But he told Mr Lloyd the Trust would provide a full written response to his questions.

He also said, “The issue comes back to the point we were discussing earlier.

“Inevitably there will be some concerns at the DGH and the Conquest. We will be having further discussions with them to allay their fears.”

Following the meeting Mr Lloyd told the Herald he understood the letter represented the views of the “majority” of consultants at the DGH.