EASTBOURNE LibDems’ headline in its own newspaper on the NHS locally declares: ‘Patients at risk.”

This headline may well shock people receiving the newspaper through their letterboxes.

Despite the billions pumped into the NHS during Lockdown, Eastbourne LibDems say: “Easr Sussex NHS short by £330m.

“£330m budget shortfall puts patients at risk.”

The LibDems say: “Our NHS needs urgent help to tackle a massive financial crisis.

“Thousands of operations are expected to be cancelled.

“Waiting lists are growing and deficits have hit record levels.”

The page then has three signs:

Accident and Emergency

Special Care Baby Unit

and Critical Care Unit

all with downward arrows.

This comes in complete contrast to recent announcements by the DGH itself.

In January, a newly refurbished 26 bedded medical ward, which gives additional capacity to the hospital, opened at Eastbourne DGH after a complete refit, to improve the caring environment.

Last October, DGH boss Joe Chadwick-Bell, ESHT Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to be part of the second phase of the Government’s Healthcare Infrastructure Project which will see a significant investment in Bexhill, Eastbourne and Conquest hospitals over the next 10 years.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform the environment in which we provide care at ESHT.

“It will mean a complete redesign of our aging hospitals, taking advantage of new technologies and improvements in healthcare to ensure that we can meet the future needs of our communities.

“We have already received some funding to develop our plans and start some initial ‘enabling’ work.

“Our plans are in the early stages and we are looking forward to developing them further in partnership with local people, our patients and members of staff as part of our “Building for our Future” project”.