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Last Updated: Monday, 8 May 2006, 17:40 GMT 18:40 UK
Plan to cut county's A&E services
Key NHS services in Lincolnshire could be moved from Boston and Grantham to Lincoln in a bid to save money, according to a leaked memo.

Proposals in the memo addressed to some staff at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital mean night time accident and emergency services could be reduced.

The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said plans will be discussed at a meeting on Thursday.

Plans could also see services for women and children moved to Lincoln.

If accident and emergency departments at Boston and Grantham close to patients after 2300 BST, Lincoln County Hospital would be the only centre providing these services in the area during the night.

Managers need to reduce debts of 17.5m and stem the current overspend of almost 2.5m a month.

More than 7,000 people work for the trust and unions fear 1,000 jobs could go when final plans are announced.


SEE ALSO:
Health job cuts face month delay
25 Apr 06 |  Lincolnshire
Unions meet to discuss job cuts
20 Apr 06 |  Lincolnshire
Health chiefs strive to cut costs
31 Mar 06 |  Lincolnshire


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