Shake-up of hospital services made permanent

Shake-up of hospital services made permanent

Shake-up of hospital services made permanent

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A controversial shake up of maternity and children's hospital services in East Sussex has been made permanent.

Members of the East Sussex health overview and scrutiny committee yesterday voted the move was the best way to ensure safe, high quality services for women and children.

The changes were formally approved by the county's clinical commissioning groups last month.

The scrutiny committee had the power to refer the decision to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt but decided not to.

The changes mean Eastbourne District General Hospital will have a midwife-run maternity service and the consultant-led service, plus children's inpatient facilities, will be based at Conquest Hospital in St Leonards.

A separate midwife unit will continue to operate at Crowborough.

Consultant-led units had previously been based at both Eastbourne and St Leonards but the Eastbourne one was temporarily downgraded more than a year ago because of safety fears caused by problems recruiting staff.

The change means women suffering complications in labour will have to travel to St Leonards or alternative hospitals in Brighton or Kent.

Campaigners in Eastbourne say the changes will put women's lives at risk as they will have to travel further for specialist help.

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12:20pm Tue 29 Jul 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Disgraceful and disgusting. Lives have already been lost - a baby died on the way to the Conquest. Shame on all involved in doing this.

The DGH is being deliberately buggered up by Larry Grayson/the trust in charge of it because they are aiming to close this hospital.

Eastbourne needs more hospital facilities not less. It cannot cope with the growing population already.

Shame on the Conservatives and Lib Dems for doing this to our NHS. They are out to privitise it because so many of them will personally profit from privatisation because they either own or will benefit from private healthcare companies.

Richard Branson/Virgin took over physiotherapy at the DGH and the service has become much worse since. There are enormous waiting lists, you cannot get appointments when you need them and there are not enough physiotherapists - but Branson's making a small fortune out of it.
Disgraceful and disgusting. Lives have already been lost - a baby died on the way to the Conquest. Shame on all involved in doing this. The DGH is being deliberately buggered up by Larry Grayson/the trust in charge of it because they are aiming to close this hospital. Eastbourne needs more hospital facilities not less. It cannot cope with the growing population already. Shame on the Conservatives and Lib Dems for doing this to our NHS. They are out to privitise it because so many of them will personally profit from privatisation because they either own or will benefit from private healthcare companies. Richard Branson/Virgin took over physiotherapy at the DGH and the service has become much worse since. There are enormous waiting lists, you cannot get appointments when you need them and there are not enough physiotherapists - but Branson's making a small fortune out of it. getThisCoalitionOut
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4:12pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Brightonlad86 says...

You can try and point the finger at governments etc, but all the time the NHS continues to offer completely free treatment to EVERYONE regardless of their reasons for the need for their treatment, the system will always be abused.

Hospitals should be there to treat genuinely sick people. Not as a hotel for the drunk/drug users nor those that go to their gp/a&e with the 'sniffles'. That's without the problem of health 'tourism'.

Admittedly, there are far deeper problems than mentioned, but when cuts have to be made to services, and they do, it should be those mentioned that are the first to be effected.
You can try and point the finger at governments etc, but all the time the NHS continues to offer completely free treatment to EVERYONE regardless of their reasons for the need for their treatment, the system will always be abused. Hospitals should be there to treat genuinely sick people. Not as a hotel for the drunk/drug users nor those that go to their gp/a&e with the 'sniffles'. That's without the problem of health 'tourism'. Admittedly, there are far deeper problems than mentioned, but when cuts have to be made to services, and they do, it should be those mentioned that are the first to be effected. Brightonlad86
  • Score: 4

8:14pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Anna Phylactic says...

Shocking decision. Midwives are not capable of managing many complications alone and as has already been demonstrated, lives will be lost.
Shocking decision. Midwives are not capable of managing many complications alone and as has already been demonstrated, lives will be lost. Anna Phylactic
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