Lincolnshire residents have right to three 24 hour hospitals, says council leader

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Lincolnshire County Council leader Martin Hill has voiced objection to proposals that would include the downgrading of Grantham A&E and the centralisation of maternity services.

Health bosses revealed major plans to shakeup NHS services in the county, dubbed the Lincolnshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) on Tuesday, December 6.

Full plans can be seen online here.

Representatives from three of the seven Lincolnshire health organisations involved in the project spoke to The Lincolnite following the release of the 121-page plan:

In reaction to the proposals, Councillor Martin Hill said that while there were positive elements such as local access to community services being improved, some suggestions were “unacceptable”.

“Living in a large rural county, Lincolnshire residents have a right to expect three 24 hour hospitals operating in the county delivering appropriate emergency access and services.

“We do not support the permanent downgrading of Grantham hospital and do not believe that the maternity proposals at Boston would be safe for unforeseen emergencies in the eastern part of the county.”

Read the full story on Lincolnshire Reporter here.