THE DGH has come in for fierce criticism from the public at a packed public meeting on Wednesday evening.

It was organised by LibDem Josh Babarinde.

At the meeting:

We heard from a mum whose car broke down when driving from Eastbourne to The Conquest while she was trailing her child and disabled husband who were in an ambulance.

We heard from the parent of a child who had meningitis, which had been misdiagnosed over the phone in the absence of the in-person expertise they needed in Eastbourne.

We heard from families who have forked out hundreds of pounds in taxi fares between Eastbourne and The Conquest to ensure their children got care.

We heard from a local nurse who felt pushed to breaking point, overstretched working at our hospital trust.