SEAFORD: Campaign for health facilities turns to GPs

A FATHER-OF-THREE who is campaigning for better health facilities in Seaford is arranging to hold a meeting on the issue in a bid to gain support from local GPs and professionals in the industry.

Samuel Adeniji also wants to collect the community’s views on what immediate services are a priority to them.

The businessman set up a petition some months ago after the East Sussex and Downs Weald Primary Care Trust (PCT) said it could not support proposals to provide a much-needed health facility. Despite a potential site being identified the PCT said a new build or refurbishment of existing premises could not go ahead partly due to financial constraints.

Changes to the NHS also mean that from April 2013 PCTs, including NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald will cease to exist, with groups, or consortia, of local GPs taking over the commissioning of health services for local people.

Mr Adeniji, who is a town and district councillor, is now keen to organise a health forum in the near future which will also give health practitioners the opportunity to explain the effect of the proposed health reforms on Seaford.

It is hoped the non-political event will be held in October and proposed speakers include representatives from the PCT, Seaford Town Council and key user groups such as Seaford Seniors Forum and mothers and toddlers.

Mr Adeniji has already sent out letters to his fellow councillors and the public about the proposed event.

He said, “I have received very good feedback, especially from members of the public. My colleagues on the district council have been really supportive and like the idea as well.

“What I am trying to do now is canvass support from GPs. Without them there is no point in holding a health fair.”

The Buckle Drive resident wants to put pressure on the PCT, saying it must recognise the need for more outpatient services locally. Residents have been backing his petition to support the campaign for a cottage hospital. It also calls on the PCT to recognise the need for more outpatient services in the town.

In spring a PCT health fair was due to take place but has not yet gone ahead. Organisers recently told the Gazette they were still hopeful it would happen.