Residents are being urged to join a protest march on Saturday, April 13, calling for improved health services in Seaford.
It is being organised by Seaford councillor Sam Adeniji and has the backing of the town’s MP Norman Baker, who plans to lead the march.
This follows a series of blows dealt to health services in the town, including the lack of outpatients services, downgrading Eastbourne Hospital and the closure of Seaford Day Hospital.
Norman Baker said: “The NHS Trusts that should have been looking after the people of Seaford have let the town down time and time again in recent years.
“As well as the disgraceful lack of facilities in the town, we are now also seeing the creation of a two-tier health service in East Sussex with the amputation of key services from the Eastbourne DGH.
“The so-called temporary changes to maternity services are just the latest in a sorry line. Who has any confidence they will ever return?
“It is time for Seaford people, who have been polite, engaging and argued their case so well over the years, to realise that that positive and mature engagement has sadly come to naught with the unresponsive NHS management in our area.
“I strongly support the idea of a march through the town and would encourage everyone to turn up and take part.”
The march will start at 11am at the War Memorial in Seaford and then head down Broad Street, into Sutton Road and on to Seaford Day Hospital where protesters will gather in the car park for speeches by Mr Baker, a Save the DGH spokesperson and Ralph Taylor form Seaford health group CASH.
Cllr Adeniji added: “I am glad that our hardworking MP Norman Baker has agreed to join and lead the march.
“I am urging people to turn out for the march on Saturday April 13 at 11am as it is important that we show the strength of feeding in the town.
“It’s extremely important people attend this march so that we can have our voices heard and fight for the services that Seaford residents need and deserve.
“Please come and support us, the voices of the people of Seaford must be heard. Despite the campaign for improved health services in Seaford and for more outpatient services to be provided locally, we are having more services taken away from the town and provided further way from Seaford.”
Cllr Adeniji said this was clearly unacceptable for a town with 25,000 people and an ageing population.
He added: “Hopefully the local NHS Trust will see the strength of feeling in the Town for outpatients facilities to be provided in Seaford.”
From April 1, the new Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is run by local GPs and other clinicians, will be responsible for commissioning the majority of health services for 180,000 people.
A spokesperson for the group said: “As the CCG becomes established it will continue to review the health needs of the population - including those of Seaford residents - to ensure we commission the most appropriate, high quality, sustainable healthcare which meets the needs of the local population.”