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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Lloyd Secures Maternity Debate in Parliament

April 12, 2013 10:00 AM

Stephen Lloyd MP has secured a debate in Parliament next week (18th April) about the future of maternity and children's services at the Eastbourne DGH. The debate, titled Obstetric and Paediatric Services in East Sussex is in response to the decision by East Sussex Healthcare Trust to downgrade Eastbourne's maternity department to a midwife led unit, as well as closing in-patient paediatrics. The debate will mean a Minister will have to formally respond to Lloyd in the House of Commons.

Commenting Stephen said: "As local residents are well aware, I have a number of serious concerns about the Trust's decision to downgrade maternity and close in-patient paediatrics. This will have very real consequences for mothers, babies and children from Eastbourne and surrounding areas. I have not been reassured that consultant led maternity will definitely be returning to the DGH, I have real fears the recommendations, made by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) from when we last fought and won, have not been implemented properly, which is why we are in this lamentable situation. I also have concerns that in-patient paediatrics is being included in the downgrade, and for a town the size of Eastbourne to be reduced to working hours only, with no overnight stay for sick children, is potentially dangerous."

He added: "I also extremely uneasy about the top heavy management structure that exists at the Trust, compared to other trusts of a similar size. I will be making clear these very real concerns to the Minister, because money is leaking from our hospital and being spent on non-jobs for top brass, instead of providing front line services and ensuring we maintain core services in Eastbourne."