We are still waiting for the Care Quality Commission report on East Sussex Healthcare Trust (which runs Eastbourne DGH) which was due to be published in December 2014. Any day now....
As a Campaign 2014 was a very difficult year seeing some of our core services removed from Eastbourne DGH, which we believe are essential to those within the hospitals catchment, and despite best efforts been powerless to stop. However, when the decision to permanently remove consultant-led Maternity from Eastbourne DGH was agreed by East Sussex Health Overview Committee (HOSC), we decided to see if there was any way in which a legal challenge could stop this especially as an independent panel had ruled against this downgrading in September 2008. Despite a legal letter together with MP supporting letter and a petition of 24,000 signatures sent to the Secretary of State for Health, still we are told it's a local decision (through HOSC).