Chair of SOS Grantham Hospital Cllr Charmaine Morgan has received a letter from Nick Boles MP in response to concerns at the poor response Conservative Health Ministers have given to a 60,000 signature petition organised by SOS Grantham Hospital in a bid to save emergency services at Grantham Hospital.
Cllr Morgan said: “It is encouraging that our MP shares our concerns and we wish him success lobbying the Health Ministers for a personal/direct response to the issues we have raised.
“In particular we believe the role of Grantham Hospital has been inaccurately described by ULHT.
“Rather than reopen our A+E at night, when they had the opportunity, ULHT have continued to undermine critical care services removing key staff including consultants. This is unacceptable particularly given Grantham’s growth plans.
“They say that changes are for safety reasons yet their Impact Analysis of the night closure significantly downplayed the impact the loss of a local A+ E would have on local people forced to travel over 23miles now to access alternative emergency care.
“Some of their board members made statements after the closure, subsequently quoted, that there is ‘no impact’. This has to be challenged given their reporting mechanisms and responsibilities do not cover the entire patient experience and potential scenarios. For example, a patient dying at home as a result of delay or longer ambulance journey would not appear on their reports.
Nick Boles MP has committed to asking ULHT to protect emergency care during the STP process.
“It is widely acknowledged that the STP process has led to hospital trusts across the country downgrading A+E units. It is however a process that Nick supports. Campaigners have asked him to reconsider and support local people protecting vital A+E services. Especially those in rural areas which are most under threat. In the meanwhile we look forward to hearing from the minister and trust he will have listened to the concerns raised in our petition and supporting material sent by SOSGH and other campaigners.
“In the meanwhile we are liaising with police over our concerns about Misconduct in Public Office by specific ULHT board members. Given lives are at stake we trust the police will consider our evidence.”