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Lincolnshire acute trust threatened with prosecution on care failings

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Inspectors have threatened a hospital trust in Lincolnshire with shutting down services or prosecution after identifying a series of problems with the standard of care offered.

A Care Quality Commission visit to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, run by the United Lincolnshire NHS Trust, found that patients were not being given appropriate, effective and safe care.

During the visit, which took place over February 20 and 21, inspectors found that care plans did not always reflect the needs of patients. Assessments relating to falls, pressure sores and nutrition lacked detail and clear steps to minimise risk, while some patients were not given the support they needed to eat and drink, the CQC said.

The regulator has given the trust three months to improve, and said that prosecutions could be brought or services closed down if the issues they identified are not addressed in full by May 31.

The regulator’s full report into United Lincolnshire is expected later in the spring.

United Lincolnshire’s chief nurse Sylvia Knight said: “The CQC provided us with immediate and comprehensive feedback which has enabled us to respond immediately to the concerns raised.

“The trust will clearly be making sure that any improvements that we make are implemented across all of our hospitals and services.”

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