Summers defends hospital £350K loan

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Ruling Conservatives on West Lindsey District Council have come under fire for setting aside £350,000 for John Coupland Hospital in Gainsborough to buy endoscopy equipment.

“If the NHS is in that good a shape according to Sir Edward why do they need the loan? Cutbacks are affecting the NHS. Government can say all they want but the truth is here,” said Rasen district Councillor Ken Bridger, who argues WLDC should buy the endoscopy scopes for the district and “shame the government.”

Council leader Jeff Summers said the deal discussed by policy and resources committee last week is not yet done, but an endoscopy unit at the hospital would save West Lindsey patients travelling to Lincoln, Doncaster or Scunthorpe.

“We are not giving the money away. There will be interest charged. We are extending the medical facilities by making a loan which will be paid back with interest. Everybody wins,” he said.