Staff at the DGH and in the community are being told that there is another hospital restructure due soon, starting with Band 8 employees and moving lower.
The restructure has fuelled concern among clinical staff that the reshuffling will simply move job requirements to lower bands, leading to pay cuts and reduced numbers.
Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said,“If it is true that the restructuring is going ahead to simply introduce pay cuts by the back door for some of our most skilled nurses and clinicians, then the Trust managers have sunk to a new low.
“Virtually every week I am contacted by employees of the Trust with new examples of the disregard that the Board has for our local hospital. Each one shows a new facet of Grayson’s downgrade, be it this restructure, last fortnight’s bed reductions or his ongoing push to strip core services from our hospital. The fight goes on from the SavetheDGH team, who will never give up the struggle to secure our hospital’s long-term future. I am urging every Councillor represented on the Committee, irrespective of their party political alliance, to support the SavetheDGH Campaign option 7, which allows for consultant led provision to be available at both our hospital and the Conquest in Hastings.”
Darren Grayson, DGH chief executive, said, “The restructuring is being undertaken to ensure that we continue to be able to run our services efficiently and effectively. It does not affect frontline clinical staff and only relates to those in non-clinical leadership and management roles. Frontline clinical staff are unaffected by these proposals.
“The proposals do not represent a change in the pay and conditions of our staff; all posts throughout the Trust follow national pay scales which only change in line with nationally negotiated agreements.The proposed new structure will enable us to build on our collective strengths and secure further quality improvements for patients, service users and staff.”