Bid for top-flight maternity services in Boston
Borough councillors have pledged to give every support to keep consultancy-led maternity services in Boston, and has recommended a task group be set up to investigate the area's longer-term ability to attract medical professionals.
Boston Borough Council's Cabinet recommended on Wednesday that the task and finish group be formed to gather information and report on how the area could improve its sustainability, particularly where the economy is impacted by the Pilgrim Hospital and its medical professionals.
Councillors were in support of the Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group option favouring maternity units at both Boston and Lincoln as part of an overall NHS review. There will be public consultation after May.
Cllr Paul Gleeson, chairman of the council's overview and scrutiny committee, said it was good news that there was a move away from downgrading accident and emergency and every effort should be made to support the bid for consultant-led maternity services at the Pilgrim. He stressed that the Pilgrim is a major employer of professional people and any reductions would seriously impact the area's economy.
He said the case should be made for a school for medicine based in Lincolnshire bringing in expertise. He was concerned about a shortfall in GPs in the Boston area with career choices coloured by information about the town gleaned from the internet.
Cllr Michael Brookes said the maternity unit in Boston needed to be consultancy led and not midwifery led so that in cases of complicated births mothers and babies did not have to be transported to Lincoln. He suggested the task and finish group to look at the effect on the area's economy of encouraging professionals to establish themselves in the town.