Lincolnshire NHS services 'could be centralised'

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Some healthcare services may be centralised on one site to ensure a "higher quality" following a review of NHS services in Lincolnshire.

Accident and emergency, maternity and stroke services are being examined by clinical commissioning groups (CCG) in the north and east of the county.

Dr Margaret Sanderson, Chair of North Lincolnshire CCG, said "tough decisions" may need to be made.

She said the review aimed to maintain quality within financial restraints.

She said: "There are some tough decisions to make over the coming months.

'Tough targets'

"We need to change services for the better and make sure that from both a quality and financial point of view we are in the best possible position to continue providing high quality care for years to come."

The consultation will run until 13 September.

The CCGs said the NHS faced tough financial targets and pressure on resources but quality clinical care would remain the priority.

A statement on the groups' Healthy Lives Healthy Futures website said: "This review will look at all healthcare services but some of the specific services that will be looked at include accident and emergency, maternity and stroke services.

"It may be that some services are centralised on to one site in order to ensure a higher quality."

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