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United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust remains in special measures

Lincolnshire’s main hospital trust will remain in special measures for another six months after a recent inspection revealed work is still to be done.

The Trust was initially placed in special measures by Sir Bruce Keogh after concerns about standards of care and mortality rates. A recent inspection carried out by the chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, at the Trust’s hospitals, Pilgrim Hospital, Grantham and District Hospital, Lincoln County Hospital and Louth Hospital found that they all rated as “requires improvement”.

Professor Sir Mike Richards said: “I recognise the leadership team at ULHT has been working hard over the last year to make improvements.

“While we saw definite evidence of this improvement, the trust still has some way to go before it reaches the required standard.

“In particular, medical staff need to be better engaged in improving service quality and better integration of clinical services between the hospital sites is needed.

“People deserve to be treated in services which are safe, caring, effective, well-led, and responsive to their needs.

“We will monitor the trust closely and this will include further inspections.”

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