The GMB Union are organising a March & Demo this Saturday 26th July 2014 at 10.30am. Starting from Eastbourne Pier (meeting from 10am) March through town centre to Rally back at the seafront Wish Tower.
For more details go to www.gmb-southern.
PLEASE DON’T LEAVE IT TO OTHERS - join this march and we hope to see you there!
The decision by the local Clinical Commissioning Group for Eastbourne Hailsham and Seaford defies belief. On Wednesday (25th June 2014) they voted to permanently remove consultant-led Maternity and Paediatrics from Eastbourne DGH. We are devastated but still fighting on. Two things I would like to draw your attention to
1. 30 degrees Petition. This is a new petition. Please send to all your contacts as we want to get 10,000 signatures as soon as possible. https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/eastbourne-dgh-local-services-for-local-people
2. We need to get a referral to the Secretary of State for Health from East Sussex Health Overview Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) on 28th July. At the HOSC meeting on 19th June, Councillor Alan Shuttleworth proposed an amendment to the 1st motion about the consultation process and requested a referral to the Secretary of State for Health. This was defeated by 5 votes (Shuttleworth, O’Keefe, Ungar, Carstairs and Forward) to 6 (Ensor, Pragnell, Philips, Standley, Beaney & George). There were no abstentions. Losing by one vote is hard to stomach but if we don’t get a referral on 28th July, there is nothing more we can do. If we do get a referral to the Secretary of State for Health, this will mean and INDEPENDENT ENQUIRY into the Maternity and Paediatric provision in East Sussex. This is what we need.
If you have any influence over any of these Councillors (particularly in the Wealden area) please use it! We are not saying Option 7 is perfect, we are saying a 2 site solution was demanded in 2008 when a referral was made and therefore if that is now not happening, there should be no question to refer again. If the local NHS say it is impossible – AS BEFORE in 2008 and was referred, surely the same should apply now! Remember in 2007 the local NHS said it was impossible and never produced a 2-site option and here we are again in EXACTLY THE SAME POSITION. Quite unbelievable.
We still need your own personal stories so please keep letting us know and stating whether you are happy for this to go on our website. This is real life and we believe the public have a right to know the situation we are being forced to accept by not having these services in Eastbourne.
Lastly, thanks to all of you who have facebooked, emailed, texted and called to show your support of the Save the DGH Campaign after what has been a devastating week. We have been completely overwhelmed and will continue to fight if we can. We will try to keep you updated but please remember we are all volunteers and you, the public, are amazing.
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Our aim is non political and not-for-profit......
TO FIGHT THE PROPOSED CUTS AT THE EASTBOURNE DISTRICT GENERAL HOSPITAL
We are a group of people from Eastbourne and surrounding districts, who like many others cannot comprehend why the NHS Trust is even considering such cut backs. We are not politically motivated on this. However, we are delighted that all political parties in Eastbourne and District are united in this cause to stop any downgrade of core services at Eastbourne District General Hospital.