SEAFORD: Petition urges health trust to provide better services

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A PETITION backed by more than a thousand residents calling for better health services in Seaford has been delivered to the Primary Care Trust (PCT) offices.

Seaford businessman Samuel Adejini, who set up the document, wants to put pressure on the PCT, saying it must recognise the need for more outpatient services locally.

Residents were left furious after the East Sussex and Downs Weald PCT announced it could not support proposals to provide a much needed health facility.

This followed the news that a potential site had been identified but the community learnt that a new build or refurbshment of existing premises could not go ahead due to financial constraints.

The PCT said it was committed to developing services within the existing facilities in the town but that in the current economic climate there was no prospect of the funding being made available to the NHS in one block adding, “As a result of the changes to the NHS, which were announced by the Government in July 2010, Primary Care Trusts, including NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald, will cease to exist from April 2013 with groups, or consortia, of local GPs taking over the commissioning of health services for local people.”

Mr Adejini, who is hoping to gather further signatures for the petition, handed the document over to Jessica Britton, deputy director of delivery and assurance at the PCT.