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UNISON invites Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Grantham Hospital 'to see true extent of NHS cuts'

A union has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to visit Grantham Hospital to see the true extent of NHS cuts.

In a letter to Mr Johnson, UNISON invited him to return to Lincolnshire "to see how slashed funding for the health service is affecting tens of thousands of people".

The letter was written by the union's Lincolnshire Health branch secretary Elizabeth Lowe, who urged him to invest in public sector workers so they can deliver high quality health services.

Boris Johnson Photo: Foreign and Commonwealth Offcie (14466611)
Boris Johnson Photo: Foreign and Commonwealth Offcie (14466611)

It follows his visit to Pilgrim Hospital in Boston earlier this week where he announced a £21.3 million cash injection for Pilgrim's A&E department.

Ms Lowe called for Mr Johnson to provide “a fair funding formula for health services across Lincolnshire” to ensure safe staffing of services following the closure of overnight A&E services at Grantham Hospital three years ago.

She suggested he sees for himself by making a repeat visit to the county to see the issues affecting other hospitals in the area that are also in urgent need of investment for facilities and staff.

Ms Lowe wrote: “Staff welcome the release of urgently needed money to upgrade the A&E department at Pilgrim Hospital announced this week, but unfortunately this doesn’t go far enough. The funding is just a sticking-plaster on an ever-growing wound compared to what is needed. Serious staffing issues remain across the county and must be tackled urgently.”

“What we need now is a fair funding formula for health services across Lincolnshire to ensure services recover from the vicious cuts of the past decade. Only increased funding for health services across the county will begin to repair the damage done by years of central government cuts to our health services and to the lives of those who work so hard to provide them.”

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