Eastbourne Borough Council Survey - October 2017

Liz Walke, chair of Save the DGH Campaign, said the survey added another piece to the jigsaw of catastrophic changes to maternity services in Eastbourne over recent years.

The jigsaw pieces falling into place are:

  • 1) 27% of mums who start labour in Eastbourne have to be transferred, usually to Hastings ( EBC/ONS survey, October 2017)
  • 2) Travel time during labour of over 20 minutes increases the risk of stillbirths or neonatal deaths ( Netherlands Study, 2011/ EBC+ONS survey)
  • 3) Stillbirths in Eastbourne are twice the national average ( figures from East Sussex Healthcare Trust; follow-up FOIs submitted by Save The DGH) 

She said: “The overall picture is now becoming clear and this is exactly what we warned would happen. The lives of mothers and babies are being put at risk by not having consultant-led maternity services in Eastbourne.

“When will the voices of the people of Eastbourne be heard? What more evidence do the people in high office need to be persuaded that urgent action MUST be taken immediately?”

 “We call on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to review all the evidence and establish a time-table to bring back consultant-led maternity services to Eastbourne DGH.”

Link to survey on Eastbourne Borough Council Website

Background Notes:

  • In 2008, Health Secretary Alan Johnson and the Independent Review Panel ruled that Eastbourne DGH should maintain full consultant led maternity services.
  • In 2014, the three principal East Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups issued a consultation document entitled ‘Better Beginnings’ which, among other things, proposed options for the future of maternity services across East Sussex.
  • All the options presented would result in either the Eastbourne District General. Subsequently, one of the options offered for consultation that resulted in the loss of consultant led maternity services at the EDGH was chosen and implemented as the permanent configuration. This confirmed the “temporary” centralisation of consultancy led maternity services and in-patient paediatric services at Hastings which had been implemented in May 2013



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