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Thousands sign petition against shake-up of hospital services in East Sussex
10:20am Sunday 17th March 2013 in News
Thousands of people are being urged to sign a petition against plans to shake up hospital services in East Sussex.
The e-petition on the Government’s website was set up by Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd in response to plans by East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
The changes mean emergency general and orthopaedic surgery will no longer be carried out at Eastbourne District General Hospital.
Patients will have to travel to Conquest Hospital in St Leonards instead.
Stroke services will be based at Eastbourne. Both hospitals currently provide all three services.
Trust bosses say services must be based on one site to keep treatment sustainable and safe.
Campaigners believe lives will be put at risk because critically ill patients will face longer journeys.
The e-petition needs at least 100,000 signatures for it to be considered for debate in the House of Commons.
For more details, visit epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/42150.
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