A&E closure: Join protest rally outside Grantham Hospital tomorrow
Hospital campaigners are organising a rally to take place outside Grantham Hospital tomorrow (Saturday) in protest against the overnight closure of A&E starting next week – and to demand full A&E services be restored.
Grantham people are urged to join the rally outside the hospital entrance in Manthorpe Road at noon to show the town’s strength of feeling against the night-time closure of the A&E department from Wednesday. It is also a stand against the reduction of services at the unit and a demand for their full restoration.
The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which manages the hospital along with Lincoln County and Boston Pilgrim, is closing Grantham’s A&E for a three-month period as it struggles to cope with a staffing crisis in Lincoln and Boston - read more on the story here.
The protest rally is being organised by SOS Grantham Hospital campaign organiser, and district and county councillor, Charmaine Morgan. It has the support of other local politicians who have stressed this is a cross-party campaign.
People will be encouraged to have a say and support a petition demanding the future of Grantham Hospital’s A&E department is secured long-term. It follows comments made earlier this summer by ULHT medical director Suneil Kapadia that Grantham’s A&E is likely to be downgraded to an urgent care centre as part of a package of changes proposed for Lincolnshire, put together by Lincolnshire Health and Care (LHAC).