Hospital staff stage protest outside DGH

DGH Protest SUS-140207-143120001
DGH Protest SUS-140207-143120001

Staff at the Eastbourne DGH took part in a rally on Wednesday afternoon (July 2) to protest against proposed changes at the hospital.

The changes brought about by senior managers at the East Sussex Healthcare Trust have left many admin staff facing uncertain futures, including the prospect of their jobs moving to Hastings.

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd offered his support to those who took part in the rally on Rodmill roundabout on Wednesday afternoon. He said, “Every week I receive correspondence from employees at the DGH and from within the community attesting to the damaging effects on patient care and staff welfare that these changes are having, yet it seems the Trust continually ignore these concerns and the negative impact they are having on staff morale.

“Throughout these upheavals, many staff at the Trust have been left in the lurch with unanswered questions over their future. In addition to the possibility of posts moving to Hastings, rumours continue to swirl around pay, conditions and the rebanding of posts.

“A fully functioning Eastbourne DGH is imperative for our town’s long-term future but this relies on the leadership of competent senior managers who genuinely care for the interests of the staff members.

“I would urge the Chief Executive Darren Grayson and Chairman Stuart Welling meet with the staff representatives to discuss their views and find a productive way through that benefits local patients, our hospital and all the staff who work there.”

The rally, organised by trade union GMB, was the first step of action by the staff, who will also be individually writing to ESHT asking for a ‘frank and open’ meeting with Darren Grayson and his team.

The final HOSC meeting to determine the future of maternity and paediatric services in Eastbourne, due to take place on July 10, has been delayed. A new date for the meeting has not yet been agreed.