‘Join our DGH fight by coming to meeting’

Campaigners want as many people as possible to attend a public meeting tonight over the future of the DGH.

Led by Eastbourne’s MP Stephen Lloyd and Save the DGH chairman Liz Walke, the gathering at the town hall is being held in a bid to galvanise public opposition to plans to centralise three key services at either the DGH or the Conquest in Hastings.

A petition against the proposals is already underway and 5,506 angry letters have been sent to health minister Jeremy Hunt in the last few weeks urging the secretary of state to intervene.

If, as expected, NHS Sussex green-ticks the plans this morning, tonight’s meeting will deal with where the campaign goes next and how best to convince members of the region’s health overview and scrutiny committee to refer the decision to Westminster.

Mr Lloyd said, “We succeeded a few years ago when they tried to reduce maternity service, and we need to demonstrate, as we can, that along with clinical opposition, the public also oppose moving orthopaedics and general surgery to Hastings. I hope to see as many people as possible at the meeting.” It starts at 6pm.