August 5, 2019 10.26 am This story is over 28 months old

Boris in Boston: £21m pledge to improve hospital care

Campaigners from Grantham have invited the Prime Minister to see why they deserve investment

Boston Pilgrim Hospital will be able to improve its A&E care with a £21.3 million cash boost from the Government.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is visiting the town on Monday, August 5 and has pledged over £1.8 billion for the NHS.

The money should bring in more beds, new cutting-edge technology and additional wards across the country.

Visiting Lincolnshire today, he will announce the 20 hospitals which will share £850 million of the funding.

Boris Johnson will also confirm a £1 billion boost to NHS capital spending the tackle the most urgency infrastructure projects.

“With our doctors and nurses working tirelessly day in day out,” said the new Prime Minister. “This treasured institution truly showcases the very best of Britain.

“That’s why I made it my immediate task to make sure frontline services have the funding they need, to make a real difference to the lives of NHS staff, and above all, of patients.

“Today I’m delivering on this promise with a £1.8 billion cash injection – meaning more beds, new wards, and extra life-saving equipment to ensure patients continue to receive world-class care.

“It’s time to face up to this challenge and make sure the NHS receives the funds it needs, to continue being the best healthcare service in the world.”

However, health campaigners told Lincolnshire Reporter that they would invite the Prime Minister to Grantham to see why they deserve investment.

Jody Clark said: “Although it is good news for Boston, it is disheartening to hear that we in Grantham will not have an overnight emergency care centre for three years.

“I know the CQC found overcrowding issues at Boston Pilgrim, hence the investment.  But if they instead invested in a new hospital for Grantham it would reduce demand.

“The Prime Minister should meet me at Grantham Hospital and see why we are deserving of the investment.”

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