Grantham Journal letter: Amendments will improve A&E

A recent protest outside Grantham Hospital
A recent protest outside Grantham Hospital

I am pleased to be able to report we have had some initial success in the fight to retain proper services at Grantham hospital.

The unacceptable situation of the hospital doors closing at 6.30pm has now been amended so that local people can now directly access medical professionals at the hospital until 11.30pm.

I am grateful to the NHS, in particular local GPs, the South West CCG and LCHS in recognising our concerns about total overnight closure and putting measures in place to partially address the gap during the temporary A&E stoppage.

However, this should not distract us from the main campaign to retain a full range of services at the hospital. It is equally important that the campaign remains cross party and non-political.

At last Friday’s meeting of all Lincolnshire county councillors, there was a unanimous vote to support keeping comprehensive A&E services at the hospital.

Working together and engaging robustly with the NHS we will hopefully deliver an outcome whereby the town keeps a comprehensive hospital service, appropriate to serve the 120,000 local people.

Coun Martin Hill

Leader of Lincolnshire

County Council