An inspection report into East Sussex Healthcare Trust, which runs the Eastbourne District General Hospital (DGH), has been delayed.
The Care Quality Commission report, initially due to be published at the end of November to beginning of December, will now not be published until after Christmas, most likely the end of January.
The CQC has said the delay is not a cause for concern.
Stephen Lloyd, MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon, said, “I was disappointed to hear that the inspection report is now unlikely to be released before the end of January. When I spoke to the CQC they were clear that the delay was not a reason for worry, but I, along with many others in Eastbourne, look forward to seeing the report as soon as possible.”
This week has also seen the Save the DGH campaign reach 10,000 signatures on its petition to Secretary of State for Health to overturn the decision made by the Council’s Health Oversight and Scrutiny Committee regarding consultant-led maternity services at the DGH. Cllr Alan Shuttleworth, who led the opposition to the changes as a member of the HOSC committee said, “In making their decision they totally failed to take into account the wishes of local people to retain these services in Eastbourne”.
Mr Lloyd said, “I will be writing to the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt MP demanding he open up HOSC’s decision to an independent investigation. We all know locally that reducing our core services simply does not makes sense considering the absolutely dreadful road and public transport links between our two hospitals. I urge readers to sign the new Save the DGH petition this week, at either the Arndale Centre or Langney Shopping Centre. Residents can also sign online at www.savethedgh.org.uk. We simply must not, cannot and will not give up our fight to retain core services at our local hospital.”
See page 22 for a report on the petition.