Eastbourne MP: Working relationship with previous DGH leadership was ‘spectacularly missing’

Caroline Ansell and Mr Clayton Smith SUS-160524-134434001
Caroline Ansell and Mr Clayton Smith SUS-160524-134434001

Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell has stressed how important an ‘excellent working relationship’ between her and the DGH is – and said it was ‘spectacularly missing’ with the last administration.

Mrs Ansell visited to meet the new chairman of the East Sussex Healthcare Trust, David Clayton-Smith, as part of the ‘ongoing support for the DGH’, she said.

Mr Clayton-Smith has been in the post since April.

Mrs Ansell said, “Building excellent working relationships is vital going forward, and something that was spectacularly missing under a previous administration.

“Our meetings present an unparalleled opportunity for me to represent residents’ concerns, with patient transport being high on the agenda this week.

After a previous meeting between the new DGH leadership and the Save the DGH Campaign Group, both jointly agreed that, “We share a common goal of ensuring excellent healthcare for the people of East Sussex. We recognise that people want services to be as local and accessible as possible, while appreciating that some services need to be centralised to be safe and financially sustainable.

“We both understand and recognise the difficulties of travel between Hastings and Eastbourne. We will continue to work together to find solutions which satisfy both requirements as far as possible.

“We agree that a priority is to restore confidence in the hospitals’ dedicated staff and the excellent services being offered at both the Eastbourne DGH and the Conquest Hospital in Hastings.”

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