Key figures have joined forces with Eastbourne Borough Council by signing a document which brands the options put forward on how services will be delivered at the DGH as ‘unacceptable’.
It is in response to the three local East Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) consultation on the document ‘Better Beginnings’ and challenges the six choices, which do not include consultant-led maternity at both the DGH and the Conquest Hospital in Hastings or in-patient paediatrics at both sites. The response comments on points made in the document and challenges the assertion that the proposals would result in a safer service than would be the case if full services were maintained at both hospitals. It has been constructed on behalf of the people of Eastbourne and follows a council meeting where a motion to respond to the consultation with key points was unanimously supported.
Save the DGH chairman Liz Walke, who has signed the document along with MP Stephen Lloyd and Martyn Relf who has signed it as chair of Churches Together and as a Eastbourne Strategic Partnership community representative, said, “It’s great when the local community comes together to fight something which is fundamentally wrong.
“We are working on our own option – Option 7 - which we will be launching today (Friday), which keeps two consultant-led units in East Sussex supporting midwife-led care which should be provided at Eastbourne, Hastings and Crowborough.”
A CCG spokesperson said, “The six options have been developed by local clinicians based on a vast ream of evidence and local experience. This has shown us that despite significant effort and extra investment we cannot sustain safe and high quality consultant-led maternity services on two sites in East Sussex. We welcome all responses and urge the public to find out more about the proposals and complete the survey at www.betterbeginnings-nhs.net.”