MP slams top bosses at the DGH hospital

Norman Baker
Norman Baker

Polegate MP Norman Baker has slammed the management of the trust that runs the DGH and is calling on NHS England to investigate the downgrading of services at the hospital.

The furious MP is making the move after learning that top doctors at the DGH signed a letter to say changes to the paediatric services are unsafe for children.

Last month the DGH became a stand alone midwifery-led maternity unit and changes also mean that children can no longer stay overnight at the Friston Ward.

Mr Baker, who believes the changes will not be temporary, is now enlisting NHS England to thoroughly investigate the decisions made and has written to chairman Professor Malcolm Grant.

He said, “Top level managers at the Trust have got to wake up and smell the coffee.

“ Local residents are up in arms about what they are doing to local health services, I and Stephen Lloyd have vocally opposed the actions that they are taking and now doctors at the EDGH have stated explicitly that the changes are ‘unsafe’.

“The Chief Executive and the Chairman however just ooze complacency.

“They seem to completely reject all opposition out of hand and just carry on regardless – decimating local health services.

“It is time for a full investigation to take place into the actions of the top management at the Trust.”

A spokesperson for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said, “The Trust’s management and senior doctors have met with the Consultant Paediatricians at Eastbourne to understand the issues underlying their concerns both during the planning phase and more recently.

“Appropriate and immediate actions to address the issues raised have been taken and we have also taken the views of clinicians both internally and externally, including the lead doctor for paediatrics across Sussex, on whether we have appropriate policies and arrangements in place.

“Any suggestion that the Board or managers at the Trust are acting complacently or taking any decision to change services lightly is completely mistaken.

“The overriding priority for the Board and management of the Trust is to ensure that the services it provides are safe and of the highest quality possible.”