Call to improve Seaford health services

Seaford Health Cuts Campaigners March, April 13th 2013 E16040P'Norman Baker MP (Behind): Campaigner Liz Walke and Cllr Jon Freeman
Seaford Health Cuts Campaigners March, April 13th 2013 E16040P'Norman Baker MP (Behind): Campaigner Liz Walke and Cllr Jon Freeman

Councillors and MP Norman Baker joined forces this week to urge NHS chiefs to improve health services in Seaford.

The call for action came in the wake of a march through Seaford, where around two hundred people took to the streets asking for better health services on Saturday April 13.

The new Clinical Commissioning Group for Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford said it had met with the town’s MP this week to talk about plans to discuss health care for the population it is responsible for.

Mr Baker, who represents Seaford, said: “The turnout at last week’s march was excellent and reflects just how strongly we all feel that, after years of broken promises, Seaford now must get the health facilities that it needs and is quite frankly entitled to.

“This campaign will not stop and we are urging the chair of the new Clinical Commissioning Group to be receptive to the needs of the town.”

A spokesperson for the Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Seaford is well represented on the Governing Body of Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group.

“As well as lay members Jack Barnes and Frances Hasler, [both from Seaford] Dr Mark Barnes and practice manager Phil Abbott [Seaford Medical Practice] are members and do of course have detailed knowledge about local health services and health issues.

“All members of the Governing Body welcome people’s views and questions about their local health services.”

Seaford MP Norman Baker, cllr Carolyn Lambert and councillor Steve Saunders, have written jointly to Dr Martin Writer, chair of the Clinical Commissioning Group for Eastbourne, Seaford and Hailsham asking him to deliver outpatients services to the town as a top priority.

Cllr Lambert (Seaford Sutton, LDem) said: “There are Seaford residents on the Clinical Commissioning Group and I would urge everyone to write to them asking them to support our campaign.

“Frances Hasler and Jack Barnes are part of the governing body who will be making decisions about our services and they need to know how people feel.”

Cllr Saunders (Newhaven Valley, LDem) said: “Seaford residents have been waiting patiently for these services for nearly a decade.

“The public march showed the strength of feeling in the town where many of our residents are elderly and have mobility issues.

“They simply cannot afford to travel to hospitals in Newhaven, Eastbourne or Hastings which cannot be accessed easily by public transport.”

The Governing body’s next meeting will be held in Seaford in public on May 8 at 12.30pm at St Leonard’s Church Hall, Church Street.

Questions are welcome and should be made in writing to Carol Ainsworth, Bexhill Hospital, Holliers Hill, Bexhill, East Sussex TN40 2DZ - or email carolainsworth@nhs.net- at least six working days beforehand. A telephone number or email address should be included. This is a meeting in public, not a public meeting, and questions from the floor will be taken at the chair Dr Martin Writer’s discretion. Visit www.eastbournehailshamandseafordccg.nhs.uk