Local clinical commissioning groups (CCG) said they take the report into local NHS services ‘very seriously’ and admitted that ‘challenges still remain’.
CCGs organise the delivery of NHS services and include all the GP groups in their geographical area.
A joint response from NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group said, “The CQC has highlighted areas of concern which we, as clinically-led commissioners of local NHS services, take very seriously.
“It is clear that the Trust needs to continue its journey of improvement and take further action to ensure all patients receive the best possible care.
“CCGs will continue working, in partnership with the Trust, to drive improvements to the quality and safety of services for local people, as we have already done for maternity, stroke and surgical services where sustained improvements are clear. We are pleased the CQC has recognised these improvements are necessary.
“Challenges still remain, and we will carefully review these reports and work with the Trust and other partners to secure further improvement where required.
“We are pleased to note the areas in which the Trust is rated ‘good’, particularly in delivering caring services across the board. This reflects excellent nursing leadership and the professionalism and skill of many dedicated staff.”