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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Lloyd calls on HOSC to review CCG’s Maternity Options

January 8, 2014 5:32 PM

The East Sussex Health Oversight and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) will be meeting this week to examine the Maternity proposals set out recently by the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG). CCGs, including our local Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, are the new bodies that provide the funds for DGH, the Conquest, as well as health care in the community such as district nurses and community matrons. They are led by local GPs.

The CCGs are consulting on 6 options that split maternity provision in various ways across Eastbourne and Hastings. Controversially, none of these options include Consultant led maternity at both the Eastbourne and Hastings sites. This was considered essential by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel when it last over-ruled the attempts in 2008 to remove Consultant led maternity at the DGH.

Stephen Lloyd MP will be attending the HOSC meeting in Lewes with Liz Walke, to ensure that the voices of expectant mums are heard, and that Consultant led maternity in one form or another is returned to Eastbourne.

Stephen said: "When the CCG released their proposals, I was disappointed to see that there was no option for Consultant led maternity to be available at both hospitals. Eastbourne residents had been reassured repeatedly by Trust managers that the changes would be temporary, and my understanding was that there would be an option in the consultation for services to return to the way they had been prior to the move. That this has not been included is profoundly worrying and I hope to be given the opportunity to speak at the HOSC meeting to make sure that Eastbourne's voice is heard and that Consultant led maternity returns to the DGH."

He added: "Just six years ago, the IRP were clear both sites should have Consultant led maternity provision for the safety of mothers and their babies. In particular they were anxious about the shocking transport options, or more accurately, the lack of them between Eastbourne and Hastings. HOSC has previously over-ruled proposals to permanently remove Consultant led maternity from Eastbourne, and I am hopeful that this will happen again."