Demo showed strength of feeling

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I fully support the campaign to retain the cardiac and maternity services at the DGH and am delighted hundreds of protesters turned out giving their full support and giving a very loud and clear message to NHS Sussex trust that they do not want to lose their vital 24-hour services.

Liz Walke and the Save The DGH campaign must have been very pleased with the turnout, especially as it was at such short notice and so early in the morning. This clearly demonstrates the strength of feeling within the local community.

I am delighted political differences have been put aside with current MP Stephen Lloyd and former MP Nigel Waterson joining forces to support this campaign.

It will not be in the interests of the residents of Eastbourne to have their vital cardiac and maternity services centralised in the DGH’s sister hospital in Hastings.

I think it is very encouraging that the trust realises local people do have great concerns over these proposals and am delighted that no decision has been made.

Eastbourne is, and will continue to be, a growing and thriving town which will need to have full medical services available to all current and future residents 24 hours a day.

There is great need here for a rethink, especially on the effects these changes will have on local residents who rely on these very important services which need to be kept in the town.

I wish Liz and all her supporters well in their campaign to keep these vital services at the DGH.

Steve Fuller

Rowan Avenue, Hove