It’s D-Day for the DGH as the future of Eastbourne’s maternity and paediatric services will be determined at a Clinical Commissioning Groups meeting tomorrow (Wednesday).
Thousands of people have joined the Save the DGH campaign to see full consultant-led maternity services return to Eastbourne after it was temporarily moved to Hastings last May
The campaign has included marches and demonstrations throughout the town, petitions, speaking to health bosses and writing heart-felt letters of support.
The Better Beginnings consultation ran from January 14 to April 8 and the final decision is set to be announced at Wednesday’s meeting of the Governing Bodies of Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Hastings and Rother CCG, and High Weald Lewes Havens CCG at the Winter Garden(2.30pm).
The consultation proposed six possible options for ‘improving the safety and qualify of these services in East Sussex’ but Save the DGH campaigners asked for a seventh option - that of consultant-led maternity services being kept at both Eastbourne and Hastings - be also taken into consideration.
However, their hopes were dashed last week after the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) failed to back their bid at a meeting on Thursday. Alan Shuttleworth put forward a motion that said the consultation on the future of maternity and paediatric services in East Sussex had seriously failed by not giving residents of East Sussex a full range of options relating to maternity services and that Option 7 should be considered.
The motion also said the shortfall in consultation should be brought to the attention of the Secretary of State. The committee voted six votes to five against the motion.
The public can attend the meeting on June 25 and ask questions.