We live in rural Lincolnshire, the second largest county in the country. Yorkshire being the largest. I am a nurse. I have been a nurse for nearly 30 years and that is all I know. I am also Lincolnshire Yellow Belly and recovering breast cancer patient. I am 46 years old. I have three teenage children. Our Accident and Emergency Departments in Lincolnshire, along with 43 other counties, are being down-graded and removed due to a national directive to "save money" across the county and the country at the threat of further reduced funding if "targets" are not met. Those targets threaten lives and do not meet the duty of care to which all doctors and nurses are bound. This is wrong. I am fighting for what is right. Fighting 4 Life. For life. While there is air in my lungs, I need to know my children are safe. Supporting our Air Ambulance in our rural area can save lives, alongside fighting for our A & E departments, which are being down-graded and removed by those who talk of "fighting for fairer funding" for our county, but who fail to deliver on those sentimental words. Actions always speak louder than words.
I will be having a sponsored head shave outside Grantham A & E on Saturday, February 17th at 12noon. Come and join me! (18 months and a day since the overnight closure of our A & E, which is now able to be fully staffed, but they are choosing not to!)