I am very disappointed that NHS Improvement has intervened to stop ULHT announcing the reopening of Grantham A&E at nights. I believe their actions are legally dubious and morally indefensible. I will be raising the matter in the House of Commons at the earliest opportunity.
I remember getting the call. It was early August last year. I had stopped in the Lake District on my way to a family holiday on the west coast of Scotland. The chief executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust needed to talk with me urgently.
The closure of Cummins Generators’ manufacturing operations in Stamford is a devastating blow. The workforce has shown amazing flexibility and resilience over the years, and has done everything in its power to compete with low-cost manufacturing elsewhere in the world.
For many decades, our corner of Lincolnshire has lacked local leadership. Our district council has done a decent job of delivering services and managing the status quo but it has failed to drive change or invest in the future.
On 1st September, ten months after I was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in the base of my skull, I returned to work in the constituency, free of cancer, at least for now. It has been a strange time.
The racists and xenophobes of the far right are not welcome in Grantham and do not represent the views of the people of Grantham. But this is a free country and even idiots and losers have a legal right to protest.
It is of course disappointing that the independent Reconfiguration Panel has advised the Secretary of State for Health that there is no need for a review of ULHT's original decision to close Grantham A&E at nights. But what really troubles me is the ongoing situation at ULHT.
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