SEAFORD: Petition bid to put pressue on health trust

Samuel Adejini
Samuel Adejini

THE OWNER of a Seaford bar has received hundreds of signatures in support of a petition calling for better health services in the town.

Samuel Adejini (pictured) wants to put pressure on the Primary Care Trust (PCT), saying it must recognise the need for more outpatient services locally.

The father-of-three added, “I am a local businessman and a resident of Seaford with a young family using these services. I think it’s high time the people of Seaford came together and put pressure on the PCT Trust and let it know the people of Seaford will not give up without a fight.”

The 45-year-old, who owns the V Bar in Pelham Yard, wants people to back 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.

He says residents should not have to travel to Eastbourne and Brighton for simple outpatient services, minor treatments and operations.

The Buckle Drive resident, who has also launched the petition on Facebook, hopes to collect thousands of signatures and hand over the document to Mike Wood, chief executive of the East Sussex and Downs Weald PCT.

Residents were outraged when the East Sussex and Downs Weald PCT announced it could not support proposals to provide a much-needed health facility.

A potential site had been identified but hopes for any development were dashed when the PCT said a new build or refurbishment of existing premises could not go ahead due to financial constraints.A PCT spokesperson said, “We are committed to developing services within the existing facilities in Seaford, and will continue to invest to ensure both GP premises continue to provide services both now and for the foreseeable future.The various options for a new health centre which were drawn up ranged in cost from £10m to £12m. In the current economic climate we cannot commit to funding large capital developments which would require considerable revenue to support the costs.”