A Seaford councillor and health campaigner has said more needs to be done to provide transport for local health services.
This comes after the news that the neighbouring Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has commissioned a pilot transport service which gives patients in Newhaven, Peacehaven and Telscombe Cliffs free and accessible transport from their homes to their local GP practices and hospital.
Cllr Sam Adeniji said, “How can it be fair that residents of Seaford who continue to struggle to gain access to local health services cannot have access to this valuable service? Seaford residents have travel to Brighton and Eastbourne for many of our basic outpatients’ treatment. To rub insult into injury many basic outpatients treatment have been moved further out to Bexhill, Hastings and Haywards Heath. There is no direct bus from Seaford to Eastbourne , Bexhill or Hastings, and some residents have had to pay up to £35 for a tax to attend an outpatient appointment in Eastbourne.
“I urge the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG to emulate the example set by the High Weald Lewes Havens CCG and engage with community transport charity CTLA to provide accessible transport for many residents of Seaford struggling to gain access to local health services in Eastbourne, Brighton or Bexhill.”