A Seaford councillor has accused NHS chiefs of letting down local patients.
The old Day Hospital re-opened on August 4. Instead of accessing physiotherapy there, patients are referred to the Seaford branch of Horder Healthcare.
Cllr Sam Adeniji said, “While the Horder’s pre-and-post operative physiotherapy is welcomed, it falls short of full services for Seaford people. These were withdrawn in 2013.”
He went on, “People are up in arms that the hospital has opened without providing much-needed NHS services despite implied assurances by the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) that physiotherapy would be reinstated.”
He described the decision as ‘bad news’ and ‘an indictment of the CCG’. And he accused the CCG of moving services further away from local people; physiotherapy (lost from Seaford); elderly outpatients forced to travel to Bexhill and maternity services moved from Eastbourne to Hastings.
But Amanda Philpott, CCG chief officer is ‘surprised and disappointed’ by Cllr Adeniji’s statement.
“As stewards of public funds any decision we make to invest in new services means resources must be taken from elsewhere. It is inconsistent to campaign on behalf of retaining services at a particular hospital while also demanding those services are provided elsewhere from a single pot of money. We work with local CCGs to commission safe, high quality health and social care services that meet people’s needs.”