HERE WE GO AGAIN!
In 2008 the Independent Reconfiguration Committee selected by the then Secretary of State stated that
it was safer to keep two consultant led obstetric units at Eastbourne and Hastings. The Hospital Trust
has completely ignored the recommendations of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel.
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The East Sussex Hospital Trust Board feels that the only way to sustain services is to cut them. As a group we understand that the NHS is under severe financial pressure, and that non emergency services have to change. However we have always maintained that emergency core services are not up for debate. They must stay at both acute hospitals. East Sussex is a vast area, it stretches from Camber and Rye in the East to Seaford in the west and there is no road infrastructure. The only dual carriageway of significance is the A22 and that goes north/south, not east/west.
At the moment maternity and paediatrics have been set aside, but they will come to Public Consultation. The Trust wants to single site the consultant led unit with midwife led care at the other hospital. This is what we fought before and won and we will do it again. Nothing has changed.
At the moment the worry is around three specialities,
- Stroke services,
- Emergency and higher risk surgery and
- Emergency and higher risk surgery in Musculoskeletal and orthopaedic services.
These are all core services which have a set time limit for satisfactory results. These time limits cannot be achieved by single siting.
It will be down to the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee to decide whether or not there will be a Public Consultation on these services
Whatever the outcome we must be ready to fight. If you are interested or worried about the retention of services at the Conquest hospital then please get in touch.
Hands Off the Conquest