13. Lincolnshire

What concerns have been raised about your STP?

Health planners are trying to reduce NHS deficits and think about ways to re-organise care. However getting the large deficit under control could prevent facilities being developed that can cope with the health and care social needs of local people.

Proposed changes

Grantham A&E may be downgraded to an urgent care centre; at present the A&E is closed at night due to staff shortages.

A reduction of the equivalent of 750 full-time healthcare posts across the county by 2021 is planned.

Closure of Lincoln Walk in Centre.

Campaigners are concerned that a merger of Louth Hospital with Skegness hospital could see closure or downgrading of Louth Hospital.

Extra Cost-savings planned

This STP contains North Lincolnshire CCG, one of the most over-spent areas in England. In documents leaked to the HSJ and reported by the Independent, cost-cutting measures for North Lincolnshire could include:

  • Longer waiting times for elective care;
  • Closure of wards and theatres;
  • Staffing cuts;
  • Ending funding for some treatments and prescriptions;
  • Delaying or avoiding funding newly approved treatments;

For more information, see below.

Changes in who organises our care

The STP contains plans to develop a new model of care within Lincolnshire, initially with a multispeciality community provider (MCP) to increase integration within health and social care.