Councillor fears hospital cuts are ‘inevitable’


A county councillor fears cuts to key departments at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital are ‘almost inevitable’ as part of the drive to make big NHS savings.

Coun Colin Mair, the UKIP leader on Lincolnshire County Council, worries that the accident and emergency and maternity departments may even be forced to close.

His views come just three weeks after we revealed United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust has undertaken a wide-ranging review after admitting NHS services across the whole county are heading for a budget deficit of £365 million a year.

Coun Mair, who represents the Tattershall Castle Ward, said: “My understanding is that it is almost inevitable the two departments will close.

“It is of great concern to me and a lot of people living in this area.”

Coun Mair, who is the UKIP candidate for the Horncastle and Louth seat in next year’s General Election, forecast ‘widespread problems ’ if the closures do go ahead.

He also warned of significant changes at other hospitals, including Louth and Skegness.

Coun Mair claimed people living in Horncastle and Conginsby would have to travel to Lincoln for the nearest major A&E department. He said that is ‘not good enough.’

Coun Mair’s comments come as Coningsby Town Council confirmed it had written to ULHT, voicing concerns about the possible closures.

Town clerk Kathy Roberts said many people in the Coningsby area were worried about NHS cuts.

Horncastle Town Council has already written a letter.

The United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust says it has not made any firm decisions but admitted ‘doing nothing’ was not an option’.

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