Grantham & Sleaford MPs call for A&E reopening 'without further delay'

Grantham and Sleaford's MPs say Grantham A&E must now reopen 24 hours a day, calling any further delays are "unacceptable".

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust recently said they did now have sufficient doctors to fully staff the unit, so that it can reopen overnight.

But they had to hold off last month after the regulator NHS Improvement intervened, saying they wanted to make sure the decision protects patient safety.

A decision's now expected a week tomorrow, after the regulator referred the case to an organisation called the East Midlands Clinical Senate.

Nick Boles and Caroline Johnson co-signed the letter, which reads: 

“We would like to remind you and your fellow members that neither NHS Improvement nor this so-called senate represents the people who rely on Grantham A&E and whose taxes pay for the NHS. We do.

“As the elected representatives of the people of Grantham and Stamford and Sleaford and North Hykeham, we demand that the board of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust accepts the recommendation of your chief executive, and reopens Grantham A&E at night without further delay.”

The strongly worded letter comes 15 months after the A&E was forced to go down to reduced hours due to a lack of emergency staff. Local people have been campaigning ever since to get it to reopen.

 

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