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Region's hospitals "highest risk"

Three of the region's hospital trusts have been identified as "high risk" of failing patients.

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United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust continuing to follow Keogh Review reccomendations

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.

– United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

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