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Patients’ group legal action confirmed

Law firm Leigh Day confirms that it is representing the SOS Grantham Hospital group in their fight against the partial closure of the A&E department at Grantham Hospital by the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT).

Hospital A&E

24 August 2016

Law firm Leigh Day has confirmed that it is representing the SOS Grantham Hospital group in their fight against the partial closure of the A&E department at Grantham Hospital by the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT).
 
A decision was made by the trust on 17 August 2016 to close the A&E department overnight from 6.30pm to 9am for the next three months. It was previously open 24 hours a day.
 
The Secretary of State has issued guidance to NHS bodies regarding the involvement of patients in service delivery - “Real Involvement - Working with people to improve health services”. This guidance is designed to put patients at the heart of decision making in the NHS and to ensure that no decision is taken about local services without patient involvement.
 
Rosa Curling, human rights solicitor at Leigh Day, is representing the SOS Grantham group. She said: “It is our opinion that the decision to close Grantham Hospital overnight for the next three months is unlawful. It was taken without proper patient involvement. Any decision to close an A&E department at a popular local hospital is a serious decision that clearly requires a proper consultation process. 

The people of Grantham are being denied vital services and we are now representing the SOS Grantham Hospital group in their fight to that the people of Grantham have a strong voice in the NHS decision making process.  Their voice must be heard before any changes are made to vital local NHS services”

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