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Hundreds of protestors join national rally against NHS cuts

Campaigners from Lincolnshire and Yorkshire joined hundreds of others from the across the country in a mass protest against NHS cuts.

Dozens travelled from Lincolnshire opposing overnight closures at Grantham's emergency unit in August because of a shortage of doctors in the county. Here's Kate Hemingway's report:

Meanwhile, protestors from the Hands off Huddersfield Royal Infirmary group also joined the demonstration. They are opposed to plans to close the Huddersfield unit and base emergency care at Calderdale Royal Hospital instead.

Adam Fowler followed their journey:

Campaigners against A&E closures gather ahead of London rally

Campaigners protesting against cuts to health services across the region will be in London today to take part in a national rally.

Protestors who want 24-hour A and E services reinstated at Grantham Hospital met at 7am this morning to travel to the capital.

The Hands off Huddersfield Royal Infirmary group has collected more than 80,000 signatures opposing the plans which they will hand into Downing Street later today.

Protestors board a coach in Huddersfield Credit: ITV Yorkshire


Chief Constable calls for ambulance service to be 'properly resourced'

The Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police has called for more support to be given to East Midlands Ambulance Service. Neil Rhodes tweeted that police officers from Lincoln and Boston had had to work as ambulances last night. A recent report by the Care Quality Commission said the trust suffers from a lack of resources.


Walk-in centre opens at crisis-hit Grantham hospital

A walk-in centre for patients needing emergency care opens this evening at the crisis-hit Grantham and district hospital.

Community protest held earlier this month over closure of A & E department Credit: ITV Yorkshire

It follows concern - and a community protest earlier this month - at the trial closure of the hospitals A and E department overnight because of a shortage of doctors.

The new centre is open for people needing urgent treatment to minor injuries seven days a week between half past six and half past eleven.

The Lincolnshire Hospital Trust says the service is not a replacement for the A&E department and that it is trying to recruit more doctors .

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