People power is said to be playing a key role in discussions on the future of Boston Pilgrim Hospital – as more people join in the fight to save services.
There is intense speculation that United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust is considering the future of Boston’s Accident and Emergency and Maternity departments as part of a massive savings programme.
However, Colin Mair - the UKIP leader on Lincolnshire County Council - has revealed he understands any changes could be scaled back.
More than 300 readers of the Spalding Guardian, Boston Standard, Skegness Standard, Sleaford Standard and Horncastle News have filled out coupons opposing any closures.
Retired doctor Cyril Nyman has thrown his support behind our campaign.
In a passionate letter, he stresses the key role the public played in helping to fund services at the Pilgrim.
He writes: “It must never be forgotten that Pilgrim Hospital – the services it has offered and the care given to our patients – comes from the support given to us by local people.”
He adds: “We must not let the Pilgrim Hospital nor the services that it has provided, be taken away.”
Coun Chris Brewis, of Sutton Bridge, is vice-chairman on Lincolnshire County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee.
He said: “There are some really serious, deep-rooted problems facing health services in Lincolnshire.
“People don’t realise how much local services are under threat.
“It doesn’t seem to have sunk in at Westminster the distance people would have to travel if services were cut.
“The time to fight is now while there is an election on the horizon.”
The Guardian will continue to collect coupons to present to the trust and has also launched an online petition to try to force a debate at County Hall. That can be signed at http://epetitionslincolnshire.firmstep.com