Grantham MP Nick Boles has called the proposal to instigate night-time closures of Grantham Hospital’s A&E department ‘extremely worrying’.
His comments come as the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust announced its intention yesterday (Thursday) at a news conference at the hospital.
He said: “It is extremely worrying to learn that ULHT is considering closing Grantham A&E at nights while it copes with a dramatic staff shortage. I have spoken to the chief executive of the trust and told him that I am appalled at their failure to anticipate the exit of key members of staff and recruit replacements in advance.
“This is the latest chapter in a long running saga of bad management at ULHT. The new chief executive and chairman need to get a grip and turn the organisation around so things like this never happen again.
“People in Grantham will be understandably concerned that this is just another attempt to salami slice our A&E and that the full service will never be restored. I will be writing to Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, and Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, who recently visited Grantham Hospital at my invitation, to demand that they ensure that Grantham A&E returns to normal hours of operation as soon as possible.”