‘Eastbourne needs and deserves full consultant-led maternity to return to the DGH’ – so says LibDem’s Josh Babarinde.

Yesterday we revealed that Eastbourne Midwifery Unit is closed until at least Friday due to a staffing crisis.

Josh said: “This is the latest evidence that poor NHS investment and poor planning by this Government has pushed our hospital to breaking point.

No births in Eastbourne until further notice – Friday 22nd December at the earliest. This will come as hugely distressing news for mums-to-be.

The Government must step in to ensure that our Midwifery Unit PERMANENTLY and SAFELY re-opens at the DGH, as soon as possible, staffed by our amazing midwives.

Going even further, I still believe that Eastbourne needs and deserves full consultant-led maternity to return to the DGH. Too many Eastbournians are forced to go to Hastings for care they should be entitled to at the DGH.”