Grantham Journal column: ‘We deserve answers over hospital’s future’, says Peter Clawson

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In the absence of a response from local MP Nick Boles to my recent challenge over the future of Grantham and District Hospital, I can only assume the worst.

My challenge was to guarantee that the hospital would not only be saved, but also restored to its former glory if the Conservatives win next year’s General Election. One of his most ardent fans, however, accused me of challenging the wrong person.

This I found odd, as it is his government, collectively in my book, who seem bent on destroying the whole NHS as we know it.

But she pointed to a letter in last week’s Journal from Brian Bruce, which appeared to indicate the real culprits as the United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust.

Brian quite rightly questions the validity of claims by the Trust, that a new day surgery could be built near the site of the old Grantham Hospital, which is due for demolition and transformation into a temporary car park.

Last week’s edition also contains a story regarding a motion to be put before South Kesteven District Council calling on the Trust to be fully open about its intentions for the old site. All very well, but why is SKDC only interested in the old building, historic as it is? Yes, it has been allowed to fall into an unacceptable state of disrepair, yet surely the fate of the whole hospital is more important than merely its controversial semi-derelict section? And where does the elusive South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group stand in all this? They have to decide where to send us for the right treatment, so I am told.

Thus we can see, there are still many more questions to be answered about this unsavoury situation, even if the apprently slumbering local populace can’t be bothered to ask them. The hospital’s hard-done-to and dedicated staff and volunteers deserve it.