Slideshow: Thousands march through Grantham in protest against overnight closure of A&E

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Thousands of protesters marched through Grantham today (Saturday) in protest at the overnight closure of the town’s A&E unit.

The march was organised by Fighting 4 Grantham Hospital (F4GH). At least 2,000 people marched from St Peter’s Hill along High Street and Brook Street to the hospital, where a number of speakers addressed the protesters.

A&E protest march through Grantham.

A&E protest march through Grantham.

The speakers included Ben Bradley, who is standing in for Grantham MP Nick Boles while he undergoes treatment for cancer. Also speaking were Jody Clark and Pip Dowse of F4GH, Sleaford MP Caroline Johnson, district and county councillor Ray Wootten, Coun Mark Whittington, Mayor of Grantham Coun Linda Wootten, district councillor Ian Selby, and Paul Lewis, who used to be a nurse manager at Grantham A&E.

Coun Ray Wootten told the crowd his life has been saved three times by hospitals, most recently at Grantham Hospital following a heart attack. Coun Wootten said: “If it was not for this hospital I would not be here today and I thank the staff for saving my life.”

Mr Bradley said the A&E issue has been taken to the Prime Minsiter Teresa May and it has been recommended for an independent review by the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt.

Mrs Johnson MP said: “Let me assure you that your voice is not just being heard locally, it is being heard nationally. It has been taken to the very top.”

Coun Linda Wootten said: “We will not go away and it’s about time ULHT stopped dismissing our arguments and started listening to us.”

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