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Proposed changes to Maternity and Paediatric Services

The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), the NHS organisations that commission health services for residents of East Sussex, have led a review of maternity and paediatric services in the county. This included an extensive programme of patient and public engagement that commenced in July 2013. The output of this engagement has informed the development of six proposed delivery options for safe, high quality and sustainable maternity and paediatric services in East Sussex. The delivery options were put out to public consultation between 13 January and 8 April 2014.

The CCGs made their decision on the new services on 25 June 2014.

For further information see the CCGs' Better Beginnings website.


HOSC involvement

HOSC decided at its 10 January 2014 meeting that the proposed change to maternity and paediatric services in East Sussex constituted a substantial variation to existing services. This required the CCGs to consult formally with the Committee alongside its own public consultation process.

HOSC has heard from a wide range of interested parties, including clinicians and campaign groups, at evidence gathering meetings on 17 February and 20 March 2014.

On 19 June 2014 HOSC agreed its final report and recommendations to submit to the CCGs.

HOSC received the CCGs' final conclusions and decision 28 July 2014. HOSC has considered the decisions made by the CCGs and agree that they are in the best interest of the health service for residents of East Sussex.

HOSC meetings are open to the public to attend and are webcast live.

Representations to HOSC

HOSC's call for comments from members of the public has now ended.

Submissions to HOSC have been collated into packs circulated to HOSC Members.

If you have any questions about HOSC's role in this process contact

Or contact Paul Dean, Scrutiny Manager on 01273 481751


Representations to the CCGs

The CCG consultation on the proposed changes ran until 8 April 2014. You can find out more information about the consultation on the CCGs' Better Beginnings website:



What is HOSC's role in scrutinising the health service?

How do I submit comments to HOSC?

Why was the HOSC meeting on 10 July 2014 postponed?

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