Are health bosses in East Sussex trying to run before they can walk with their new Better Together programme?
This week, the National Audit Office issued a damning report, showing that the demand for acute services is continuing to rise nationally, at the same time £40million is being wiped from the budget of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Eastbourne DGH and The Conquest in Hastings.
The report states that the national Better Care Fund, did not achieve its main targets – either financially or for services – during its first year.
Just this week, East Sussex County Council announced further cuts to adult social care, as it looks to work more closely with the NHS through the Better Together programme, which aims to provide more frontline services, with the aim of keeping people out of hospital.
In a special report, Eastbourne Buzz has been quizzing the CCG which funds the Trust in charge of the DGH to find out how such a scheme can be applauded in light of the National Audit Office report: