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Grantham hospital campaign group visits Jeremy Hunt in bid to save A&E

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Campaigners from the Fighting 4 Grantham Hospital group visited Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt to argue for the reopening of the town’s A&E overnight.

On Wednesday, October 19, the group, along with MP Nick Boles and former Grantham mayor, Councillor Ian Selby, met with Jeremy Hunt in London to explain issues currently facing local residents.

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Photo: Jody Clark

The campaigners outlined the importance of a full A&E to the community, the difficulties faced with transport, the importance of Grantham’s strategic location to major transport links and also asked the Health Secretary to resolve staffing issues at the hospital.

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Photo: Jody Clark

Group founder Jody Clark said: “We asked [Hunt] to help us resolve the staffing issue as we feel the trust could have managed this better, had other options.

“After all – it’s their job to manage staff and not fair on us to live in a postcode lottery for emergency care.

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Photo: Jody Clark

“We [also] spoke of some of the horrific experiences [Grantham residents] have shared with us, what we have achieved together in such a short time and the determination of Grantham people.

“We told [Hunt] that we have a march on October 29 where approximately 10,000 are expecting to attend.

“Jeremy assured us that he will raise our concerns with NHS improvements and that we will not lose our A&E. It is temporary.”