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Chief executive of the NHS, Simon Stevens, praised the idea of a new hospital and medical school in Grantham, Lincolnshire and dubbed it a “very worthwhile idea” during a lecture at Lincoln University.

The calls for a new medical centre come after the region suffered 1,000+ days of A&E overnight closures, and the belief that a new hospital could resolve some of the patient and staffing pressures in the area.

Stevens said: “It’s a very worthwhile idea that absolutely has merits.

“It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been to Grantham but I have visited and been to the A&E department and spoken to staff and patients so, I know it’s a much-loved and highly valued resource for not just Grantham.”

In addition to this, the medical school – which would in part be planned by the Lincolnshire Medical School at the University of Lincoln – would relieve the pressures on those who were required to travel long distances to receive medical attention.

Stevens continued: “We’ve had a problem with the availability of the number of doctors particularly in A&E so one of the things we’ve got to get right, the NHS has got to get right and Lincolnshire has got to get right, is persuade people that Lincolnshire is a fantastic place to work.

“Which is why the new medical school is such an important part of the answer.

“When these new medical students start in September, they are, very early on, given exposure to a lot of the GP practices, community services, the hospitals, etc and have a very positive sense of them.”

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