Two of Lincolnshire's NHS Trusts have been branded among the worst in the country by a Care Quality Commission report.
The medical watchdog placed both the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust and the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust in band one - meaning they were at a high risk of failing patients. We spoke to Mike Richards from the CQC.
In a statement, both hospitals said they were making significant progress and were continuing to make improvements to better patient care.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has issued a statement in response to the Care Quality Commission placing them in the band for the highest risk of failing patients:
The banding process is part of a new monitoring system introduced by the CQC which feeds into the CQC’s new hospital inspection programme. All NHS Trusts which have been placed in special measures following the Keogh Review have automatically been placed in band 1. This decision is based on existing information and does not tell us anything new. The majority of areas analysed for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust have no evidence of risk.
We continue to work through robust action plans following the Keogh review and associated CQC review, and are making significant progress including;
· Mortality rates are better than the national standard (of 100) from April to June 2013 at 88.3, and the lowest they have been at the Trust for five years.
· We have recently recruited 171 new nurses, 101 of which are newly qualified nurses, trained within our Trust.
· Pilgrim Hospital in Boston is the best hospital in the country for treating hip fractures, with a 50% reduction in mortality rates for these patients and an average reduction of three days for the length of time patients stay in hospital.
We are focused on continuously improving our services, with our top priorities of quality of services and patient safety.
Three of the region's hospital trusts have been identified as "high risk" of failing patients.
The Care Quality Commission today published a list of bands based on the risk of not offering safe, good quality care to patients or with a higher than expected death rate.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust and United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust have all been identified as Band One - the highest risk category.
Hull & East Yorkshire Hospital Trust is in the second highest risk band, while Bradford Teaching Hospitals and Doncaster, Bassetlaw Hospitals Trust and Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust are in the third highest risk band.