WHILE a sense of caution and a pinch of cynicism regarding the motives behind politicians backing for this or that cause may be no bad thing, I think one or two of your correspondents last week miss the point.
No-one in their right minds would wish for anything other than ‘modern, high quality health services for Eastbourne’ but any suggestion that this would be best provided by closing down services in either Eastbourne or Hastings in order to somehow build and concentrate centres of excellence in the other simply ignores one indisputable fact. Eastbourne and Hastings are linked by one of the worst and most hazardous roads imaginable.
Depending on where one lives, it can sometimes take up to 15 minutes to even drive to the outskirts of Eastbourne.
However, excellent services might become in one or the other of the two towns, they will not be of much use to anyone who either dies or suffers complications as a result of being in the back of an ambulance held up in traffic.
Were the two towns linked by a decent road, then the argument might be completely different.
(And whilst on the subject of road links, had successive politicians, regardless of party, fought harder over the years to secure a decent road network in this area, we might not now be facing the same dilemma.)
Finally, I’m not sure that an overwhelming majority of clinicians are indeed in favour of the new proposals.
I certainly know of some highly qualified and respected individuals who are not.