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Campaigners frustrated by delays in health plans

By Grantham Reporter

Health campaigners are voicing their frustration over the delay in plans for local healthcare especially the future of A&E at Grantham Hospital.

Campaigners say Brexit is causing a delay in the publication of plans that will show the future of health care in Lincolnshire and in particular Grantham.

The publication of the NHS Long Term Plan was due to be published in early December 2018, however the delay in solving the exit from the European Union is the reason given as to why the plan has not yet been published. Campaigners say the publication of this document was likely to include an expectation for local sustainability and transformation partnerships to engage on the development of their own plans in line with the national plan in the first half of 2019.

The Lincolnshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership’s Acute Services Review should be published in the next few months. It is hoped that this will involve a full and open public consultation.

In addition the call from the Secretary of State that South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group and United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust submit their plans for consultation on the future of the ‘temporary’ overnight closure of Grantham Accident & Emergency deadline date drew to a close on December 31.

The Lincolnshire Health Scrutiny Committee has included this in their agenda for January 23, if a decision has been made.

Coun Ray Wootten and Jody Clark, of Fighting 4 Grantham Hospital said: "After over two years of overnight closure, it’s disappointing to hear that we still await the NHS Long Term plan and the Acute Services Review.

"We are eager to hear what plans they have for our local area and are anticipating the option of a 24 hour safe service, to provide care to the most vulnerable who have no access to transport.

"We wish all of our wonderful staff at Grantham Hospital and our awesome community a happy New Year and let’s hope 2019 brings the answers we need."


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