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Interim chief executive of trust which runs Grantham Hospital to stay on for two more years

The interim boss of the trust which runs Grantham Hospital will stay on for another two years after his secondment was extended.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) chief executive Andrew Morgan says there is still work to do at the trust. He joined the trust temporarily from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust last July.

He will continue in his role at ULHT until March 2022.

Interim chief executive of ULHT Andrew Morgan will remain in the job for another two years. (28592996)
Interim chief executive of ULHT Andrew Morgan will remain in the job for another two years. (28592996)

The trust finds itself in financial and quality special measures and has struggled recently with a soar in demand at its emergency departments.

Mr Morgan said when he took the position that he intended to “bat for Lincolnshire” and fight for his “fair share of the national cake”.

He tweeted this morning that, while he was pleased to carry on as CEO, there was more to do.

“I have agreed to extend my secondment as ULHT CEO until the end of March 2022,” he said.

“Absolutely delighted. Lots to be done but our fantastic people will make that happen.”

Mr Morgan said when he took the role that he would press for more funding for Lincolnshire.

The trust requires around £20 million to extend Lincoln A&E due to “significant pressure” on the department.

It follows the significant pressure at the county’s emergency departments in recent months which has seen demand soar at the county’s hospitals.

Shortly after taking the role, Mr Morgan welcomed an announcement from the government that £21 million would be provided to increase Boston Pilgrim A&E’s capacity.

Grantham A&E unit has been closed overnight since August 2016 and it has been proposed to downgrade the unit to an urgent care centre.

Mr Morgan said he would use any means necessary to lobby for further funding.

“I want as biga share of the national cake as I can get my hands on and I will use MPs, county council and anyone else I can speak to to lobby for my share as I would see it of that national cake,” he said.

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