1st April 2015 - Press Release from Liz Walke, Chair of the Save the DGH Campaign
Sadly, we are not surprised at this report. (For report, see below CQC Chief Inspector's Press Release link 29th March 2015). It is a shocking report - one which local senior NHS management should be utterly ashamed of. They have failed the local population and yet when this Campaign has pointed things out, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) management have made all sorts of allegations against us! However, what with the staff survey recently published, and now this, surely it is time for a complete change at the top. To salami slice essential services between two hospitals over 20 miles apart with the awful transport links will no doubt seriously affect patients and staff and yet they are in denial. And even north of the County, ESHT have made it extremely difficult for patients to access hospital services which are closer to them. We will be very happy to work with a new management team looking at how to provide excellent safe services to patients in their local hospital. We are hoping to look at new innovative ideas to get back and keep all core services at both Eastbourne DGH and the Conquest (in Hastings), as well as utilising the community hospitals more for those who live nrearer those. We would like to commend the staff who have come out so well in this report. They are the ones who despite all the pressure have looked after the local population so well. We have had an emergency Campaign meeting and have established a way forward which will address the serious problems which are deep seated with management at the local NHS. We hope to meet with many NHS bodies in the next few days/weeks (despite an election) and will be keeping you informed. If you are qualified and able to help us in any way, please contact us.
30th March 2015 - The Campaign Group met today to discuss the CQC Report findings and to agree the action we are now taking. Watch this space...
29th March 2015 - The Care Quality Commission report on East Sussex Healthcare Trust (which runs Eastbourne DGH) was published on Friday 27th March 2015. The Trust has been rated as INADEQUATE. Let's be clear this is a score that management should be ashamed of BUT staff in this report have been commended as caring. We applaud the staff who have worked under unbearable stress and inadequate management. Sadly management has not resigned. We will be meeting as a Campaign group urgently because the single-siting of services has proved to be a disaster with terrible scores for A&E, surgery, stroke and maternity.
See the CQC Chief Inspector's Press Release here
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).