A closed doors meeting of over 150 NHS bosses, health experts, councillors and partner agencies will today see controversial plans for a Lincolnshire NHS shakeup scrutinised.
The meeting, held in Sleaford and excluding members of the public and press, will consider proposals laid out in the Lincolnshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).
Plans include the possible downgrading of Grantham Hospital to an urgent care centre and the centralisation of maternity services to Lincoln County Hospital.
The proposals, which also indicate the loss of around 500 jobs over the next five years, have been met with a wave of criticisms by councillors and campaign groups, particularly surrounding plans to downgrade Grantham hospital — despite promises the A&E would reopen at night.
NHS bosses have said that the proposals will go before public consultation in May 2017.
No final decisions are expected to be made until after the consultation.