The decision to permanently deprive Eastbourne of consultant-led maternity services will be thrashed out for the last time on Monday (July 28).
The county’s Health Overview Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) will meet to make a final decision on whether the option chosen by the Clinical Commission Group (CCG) should be rubber-stamped.
This is the last opportunity for HOSC – made up of a panel of councillors and representatives from the voluntary sector – to refer the decision to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP), as previously happened back in 2008 when similar proposals were quashed.
At the last HOSC meeting a motion put forward by Langney councillor Alan Shuttleworth, and supported by Old Town councillor John Ungar, proposing that the consultation process had been flawed and should be referred to an independent clinical body was defeated by just one vote.
Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said, “I would like to once again urge everyone who hasn’t already done so to contact the councillors sitting on the committee to ask them to support a referral to the IRP.
“This is our last opportunity to push for such a referral. Given how close the vote was last time, it is vital that we all do what we can to persuade the County Councillors who voted against Cllrs Shuttleworth and Ungar’s motion, to support the SavetheDGH Campaign and Eastbourne’s demand for the return of consultant-led maternity services at our DGH.”
All the HOSC County Council members’ email addresses appear at this site: www.eastsussex.gov.uk/yourcouncil/about/committees/meetings/scrhealth
• The GMB union will be leading a march and rally on Saturday (July 26) through the town centre of Eastbourne to highlight potential staff changes at the DGH.