Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, responding to United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust plans to temporarily close Grantham Hospital’s emergency department at night time, said:
“I am shocked by the plans to close an emergency department at night. The decision puts lives in danger and is a result of the critical staffing crisis across the NHS.
“It’s recklessly irresponsible to suggest to patients that they could wait till the morning to receive treatment. People could be left in pain and misery whilst their conditions worsen. Closing an A&E overnight will only add to the enormous pressure on nearby A&E departments, departments who are barely coping as it is.
“The truth is despite the Tory’s bogus claims of putting more into health, our health services has never been under so much financial pressure. Our NHS is beginning to buckle under this government. Hospitals across the country are chronically understaffed whilst overworked trainees are leaving the profession all together.”