Health body to pay towards new Spalding hospital bus service
A health body under fire for switching Pennygate Health Centre patients to Johnson Community Hospital is now helping to subsidise a hospital bus service.
Spalding councillor Angela Newton began talks with the county council and bus operator Brylaine as soon as it became clear patients might have to move.
Brylaine launched its new service on Monday, with help from the county council.
But Coun Newton called for South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to pick up the £5,000-plus shortfall.
Following a meeting on Monday, the CCG has agreed to pay up until the end of March.
A joint statement issued after that meeting says: "South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England have today, Monday 10 September, met with Rt Hon John Hayes MP, Councillor Angela Newton, and Councillor Elizabeth Sneath, at the Johnson Community Hospital, Spalding, as it welcomed Pennygate patients on the first day of the opening of the new Johnson Surgery.
"The meeting was considered by all parties to have been positive and productive and Mr Hayes welcomed the CCG's commitment that the public consultation on the future provision of services for local patients will be meaningful and open, with all options considered in order to provide the safest, best quality services for patients. No decision will be made on future provision until the consultation is complete and considered.
"Councillor Newton has been in discussion with the local bus company Brylaine, and hourly bus services are now in operation and dropping patients off at the Johnson Community Hospital. The CCG is working with Lincolnshire County Council and has – on the request of Mr Hayes and Councillors Newton and Sneath - agreed to provide the full requested financial support of just over £5000 until the end of March 2019."