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Three hospital Trusts in our region have been placed under special measures as part of government improvement plans.

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Lincolnshire hospitals fail to meet standards

Two of the biggest hospitals in Lincolnshire have failed to meet any National standards, in a series of surprise inspections by health watchdogs.

The Care Quality Commission has warned the ailing United Lincolnshire hospitals Trust that it's running out of options to get it right.

The Government is sending in an elite team of managers to prevent more failures at the Trust, after a Nationwide review of NHS hospitals. From Lincoln, Tina Gelder reports.

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Two Lincolnshire hospitals failing to meet any standards

A damning report has found that two hospitals in Lincolnshire have failed to meet any national standards and patient care is lacking.

It follows a series of inspections by the Care Quality Commission, at both Pilgrim Hospital in Boston and Lincoln County hospital.

Low staffing levels are said to be impacting on the treatment of patients. It comes on the day it was announced a team of managers from the top performing trust in Sheffield are to be sent in to the struggling United Lincolnshire Trust, which is already in special measures.

Jane Lewington is the Trust Chief Executive.

Top managers sent in to raise Lincolnshire hospital standards

Managers from a top performing NHS trust are to be sent to North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS trust to improve standards.

Earlier this year it was put into special measures after an investigation into higher than expected mortality rates. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today said the trust will be given bonus payments if standards are raised.

An improvement officer will also be appointed. But some health campaigners remain sceptical the plan will work.

Campaigner Keith Moore has been speaking to us.

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CQC: NHS Trust concerns are 'not acceptable'

Andrea Gordon, regional director of the Care Quality Commission said concerns over the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust were "not acceptable". She said:

Our inspectors found caring and dedicated people working at the hospitals but they were being let down by low staff numbers, a lack of training and systems in place to ensure they could carry out their work effectively. Far worse is the fact this resulted in patients being let down.

The trust and performance managers, such as the Trust Development Authority (TDA), must make sure long lasting improvements happen so people entering these hospitals receive the standards of care they should be able to expect.

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Urgent action demanded to improve NHS standards

The Care Quality Commission has demanded urgent action from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust to improve standards.

Following visits to Lincoln County Hospital and Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, inspectors found patients were being let down by low staff numbers and a lack of staff training.

Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire Credit: Haydn West/PA Wire

The Trust was recently placed in special measures by the NHS Trust Development Authority after the release of Sir Bruce Keogh's review of hospitals with high mortality rates.

The review found a number of concerns prompting CQC to carry out its own unannounced and unscheduled inspection.

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National standards 'not met' by Lincolnshire NHS Trust

An inspection by the Care Quality Commission has found that national standards have not been met by Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, and Lincoln County Hospital in Lincoln. The report looked at:

  • The care welfare of people who use services
  • Management of medicines
  • Staffing
  • Supporting workers
  • Assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision and records
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Top hospital bosses to mentor struggling trusts

The 11hospitals put in special measures in the wake of the scandal over standards at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and Keogh Review will be partnered with the best NHS trusts and managers in a scheme that echoes the 'super-heads' programme to turn around failing schools.

Top hospital bosses to mentor struggling trusts. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The mentor hospitals will be paid for the work, which will help back-fill management posts according to Jeremy Hunt, and will have access to a special incentive fund.

The Health Secretary said the plans signalled a change from the past when management consultants would be paid to write reports on failing hospitals. The new method would result in practical changes, he said.

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NHS Trusts in special measures following review

The 11 Trusts placed in special measures are:

  • North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trus
  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Medway NHS Foundation Trust
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