DGH boss defends controversial decision to shift services to Hastings

The DGH chief executive has defended the controversial decision made today (Friday) to move emergency orthopaedics and general surgery to the Conquest Hospital at Hastings.

In a letter to staff, Darren Grayson said, “I firmly believe that the NHS in East Sussex have agreed proposals to significantly improve the quality of the care patients receive in stroke care, emergency and higher risk planned general surgery and emergency and higher risk planned orthopaedic services.

“Our overriding priority is to ensure we provide safe high quality health services across East Sussex that are clinically and financially sustainable.

“Today’s decision will strengthen local health services and improve the quality of care we provide with improved outcomes for patients.

“Less than one per cent of people using our hospitals will be affected and the vast majority of people will continue to be treated in their local hospital.”