Grantham’s mayor will ‘get stuck in again’ if hospital services are threatened

Mayor of Grantham Rob Hearmon will fight for services at Grantham Hospital.
Mayor of Grantham Rob Hearmon will fight for services at Grantham Hospital.
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THE MAYOR of Grantham has expressed his concerns about the financial crisis at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, which runs Grantham Hospital.

Rob Hearmon said he finds it incredible that the trust could have gone from £1m in credit to £14m in debt in such a short space of time.

He said: “If it happened in another business employers would be asking severe questions.”

Councillor Hearmon, who is a member of the Grantham Hospital Defence Committee, is concerned about what the trust plan to do to get back into credit in the coming financial year.

He said: “It’s always Grantham Hospital that takes the hit. I think this is totally unacceptable in a community where we are seeking to expand.”

The trust also have to make around £18m worth of efficiency savings in the next financial year meaning that cuts will have to be made.

The trust board are currently trying to make savings in management and administration costs but they were unable to assure the Journal that vital services would not be targeted. And they admitted staffing levels are likely to reduce.

Cllr Hearmon added: “The problem is that the trust say everything is being looked at at the moment.

“What does that mean? Are they going to ask what we think should be done?

“Or is it just that the decisions will have already been made? The uncertainty is what causes the problems.”

Cllr Hearmon said the hospital defence committee is arranging to meet and discuss the next move.

He added: “If Grantham services are threatened we will get stuck in again.”

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