Save the DGH campaigners will be out in Langney Shopping Centre and the Arndale Centre collecting signatures from tomorrow (November 15) to November 22.
Liz Walke, chair of Save the DGH, said, “Our latest petition calls on the Secretary of State for Health to have an independent enquiry into maternity services as we believe the decision in 2008 should still stand unless this is done.
“We have sought legal advice and our best course of action is a legal letter, together with MP, supporting letter and a petition of at least 10,000 signatures which we are told should get some response.
“We already have a 38 Degrees petition which we can use as well but we need to get the message out there and more signatures.”
Amanda Philpott, chief officer of Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG and Hastings and Rother CCG, said, “There has been no downgrading of services at either hospital site, Eastbourne or Hastings.
“A number of services provided by East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust have been relocated since 2013, resulting in significant improvements to safety and quality despite some patients having to travel further.
“While consultant-led maternity, overnight paediatrics, orthopaedics and emergency general surgery have been single-sited at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings, other services such as acute stroke care and ear, nose and throat have been centralised at Eastbourne. Day services remain at both sites.
“We want to improve services for all East Sussex residents and are committed to commissioning safe and high quality NHS care from two vibrant hospital sites.”