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Maternity services downgraded

The maternity department at Eastbourne District Hospital will be downgraded under plans discussed today.

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Health bosses to decide maternity future

Emergency board meeting of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. Credit: Tom Savvides\ITV News

Preparations are underway for an emergency board meeting of East Sussex

Healthcare NHS Trust.

They will put forward proposals to close the maternity department at Eastbourne District Hospital and replace it with a midwife-led unit.

They say they can't recruit enough specialist doctors and nurses so plan to temporarily close the department in 6-8 weeks. Campaigners fear that the closure will become permanent.

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