About the Eastbourne branch:- East Sussex Save the NHS was launched in Eastbourne. Although the intention was always to be a campaign for the entire county it soon became very Eastbourne centric.
The main hospital trust in East Sussex is East Sussex Healthcare Trust although others exist. In the past both Eastbourne and Hastings have suffered cuts to core services and campaign groups have ended up fighting over who keeps the service.
At East Sussex Save the NHS we believe every person should have access to core services in their local area. Our campaign stands against privatisation and in support of all NHS staff. We believe our NHS in 1948 followed basic principles that provide an equitable healthcare system with the most effcient use of funding. We want to see our healthcare system today return to those basic principles.
Our work has focussed on helping raise awareness in the local population of how our NHS is changing. In Eastbourne we have hosted a few film and speaker events, hustings, street campaigns and the campaign to try and save our walk-in centre. We have spoken to many members of the Eastbourne population to our Councillors and had meetings with the CCG.
We were delighted when the Keep Our NHS Public group in Hastings and Rother agreed to be a part of our campaigns as a Hastings branch. And recently, we welcomed the Wealden branch which was launched in January.
We have links with campaigns in West Sussex and Brighton and Hove. Through these links we have been working on a regional response to the proposal to merge the hospital trust in West Sussex with the trust in Brighton.
How we organise
We have a small organising group which meets regularly, at present using zoom conference calls. We organise through a Whatsapp group and would always welcome new members. Please contact Lucette Davies by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get more involved.
Our mainstream media fails to be a reliable platform through which we can communicate our messages to the population. Bournefree magazine online now publishes a column from the campaign every two weeks.
Lucette Davies from the Eastbourne branch will also be standing as a candidate in the local elections this May for Hampden Park. You can support her campaign by liking and sharing the Facebook page Lucette4HampdenPark.