Plans to move services from Eastbourne to Hastings agreed

Image caption The changes at Eastbourne District General Hospital have been met with protests

Consultant-led maternity and paediatric services will be permanently moved from Eastbourne to Hastings.

Following a meeting of East Sussex County Council's health overview and scrutiny committee, councillors voted not to refer the decision to the secretary of state for health.

Services had been originally moved from Eastbourne District General Hospital on a temporary basis, due to "staff shortages".

The move has now been made permanent.

Doctors at Eastbourne had warned that the new services were unsafe.

Nine consultant paediatricians wrote a letter saying there was a risk of "catastrophes and serious failure".

The scrutiny committee said the decision to permanently move the services to the Conquest Hospital in Hastings was in the "best interest of the health service for residents of East Sussex".

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