Dr Suneil Kapadia, Medical Director for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “The decision to temporarily change the opening hours at Grantham A&E is due to a reduction in the availability of doctors at Lincoln and Boston together with an increase in the demand for emergency care services.
“We know this has been an unpopular decision, and we share the frustrations of Grantham people. This hasn’t been an easy decision to make but it was made to protect patients and maintain safe services.
“We support the right of people protesting. But we ask people to remain off the hospital site to maintain an appropriate environment for patients and not to interfere with the running of the hospital.”