Louth

‘The NHS is in crisis’: Protesters stage uprising over future of Louth Hospital

An NHS uprising has taken place in Louth in protest at future plans for the town’s hospital.

Demonstrators led by the Fighting 4 Louth Hospital campaign group marched from Westgate Fields through to the town centre from 1pm on Saturday, September 2, and were joined by a 20-piece samba band.

Plans included in the Lincolnshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan indicate the possibility of merging the hospitals in Louth and Skegness, or creating a brand new hospital somewhere in between.

Speaking to Lincolnshire Reporter, Louth town councillor Julie Speed said: “We’re protesting against all of the plans for healthcare in Lincolnshire.

“The NHS is in crisis and the march is just the first. We’re doing this to let those making decisions know that there is opposition and will hopefully make them stop and re-think.

“This is not Tory vs Labour, this is about people standing up.

“Hospitals in Lincolnshire are under severe pressure, with both in special measures and the ambulance service is having to make much longer journeys than it had to before.

“We’re hoping this gains momentum and goes around the country.

“Louth is just the start.”