No reassurance on service future

Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.
Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.

Despite the development, United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust could not confirm whether the maternity services would be safe under a review taking place this year.

When asked by The Standard how the development affected any review into savings needed to be made Mr Boocock said this and the review, organised by a Lincolnshire Health and Care Review Team, were two seperate matters.

The review is set to go out to consultation later this year, however, Mr Boocock could not say whether the development would ensure the future of services at Pilgrim, or even strengthen the argument for them.

A spokesman for ULHT said: “That review is going to consultation later this year and there is a long list of options.

“This development is because that building needed work doing to it and we can’t wait forever for that work to be done.”

They added that ULHT would not be making the final decisions and none had been made adding ‘we’re just doing what we need to do’.

Last year, health and care organisations in Lincolnshire launched the review after revealing they could have a combined budget deficit of £365 million per year in the next five years if they did nothing.