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Columnist, Grantham MP Nick Boles: Fight will go on to get residents the vital service they deserve

Protest march through Grantham to highlight the closure of the A and E Department at Grantham Hospital
Protest march through Grantham to highlight the closure of the A and E Department at Grantham Hospital

Last week was a big week in politics for a lot of reasons, with Brexit dominating the national agenda as the Government presses ahead with the Article 50 Bill.

Constituents will know that despite voting to remain in the Referendum, I recognise that both my constituency and the country voted to leave and it is clear that we need to honour that result.

I have been undergoing chemotherapy and contracted an infection that left me in hospital for several days, and I therefore had to sign myself out against medical advice to vote on the Committee Stage of the Bill in support of the Government. I feel very strongly that Theresa May is the right woman to negotiate the best deal for Britain and so it was important to offer her my backing on these vital votes, as well as to support the views of my constituents in the House.

Here in the constituency the hospital Trust have met to discuss the ongoing situation at Grantham A&E, and I am disappointed to say the least that they have not grasped the importance of re-opening the service 24/7. The knock on effect on Lincoln and other local hospitals is clear, along with impacting on the Ambulance service too, whilst residents continue to miss out on the vital service they deserve. I have taken this issue directly to the Prime Minister and I hope she will meet with me in the coming weeks to lend her support to the campaign. We will hold the Trust to their word, one way or another, and residents should know that there are many people and local groups fighting for this cause on their behalf. I’m in constant communication with campaigners from across the political spectrum, and of course the fight will go on.


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