Council unanimously passes motion against Lincolnshire STP hospital closures

Plans to downgrade A&E and maternity services at Lincolnshire’s hospitals as part of the region’s sustainability and transformation plan (STP) have been condemned by the county council.

Lincolnshire County Council unanimously passed a motion condemning plans to downgrade the A&E at Grantham Hospital at a meeting last Friday.

The STP says that A&E services will be replaced by an urgent care centre, although the model is “not yet fully developed”.

The council’s motion stated that the proposals were “completely unacceptable” and would “have a serious and detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of residents”.

It also condemned plans to develop a single maternity team across Lincoln and Boston Pilgrim hospitals (pictured), meaning maternity services will close at Boston.

Intended to transform care, the STPs have been accused of being used to drive through hospital closures and excluding local councils.

Full Story on NHE, 21 December 2016