HOSPITAL CAMPAIGN: Government minister backs our campaign

Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.
Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.

John Hayes will never forget the day he travelled by ambulance with blue lights flashing to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.

The MP for South Holland and the Deepings is wholeheartedly in support of our campaign to save A&E and maternity services at the hospital - because has had first hand experience of how vital care close to home is.

The transport minister said: “My sons were born at Pilgrim Hospital like so many other families in the district - and over the years my wife, my youngest son and myself have been to A&E.

“I know how important it is to have maternity and A&E services close to home and I totally oppose them being taken away. Any loss of services from Boston would be unacceptable.”

The Standard launched the campaign to save the future of the A&E department and maternity services at Pilgrim Hospital after fears were raised that cuts will form a key part of a widespread money saving review.

Existing facilities at other hospitals – including Skegness and Louth – will also be on the agenda.

However, Mr Hayes said the cuts are not something the Government would be supporting.

He said: “The Prime Minister repeatedly argues in favour of protecting local services. MPs do not make clinical decisions, but those who do have to be answerable.

“In fact, in this instance I will go one step further and call on the chief executive of the hospital trust to make more services available at the Johnson Community Hospital in Spalding.”

Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds has also indicated his support for the campaign.