ALLEGATIONS of patient mistreatment by a staff member at Boston Pilgrim Hospital have prompted a police investigation and the alleged offender’s suspension from duty.
The news comes after a damning report by watchdog inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which found that patients were not receiving effective, safe and appropriate care to meet their needs.
A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “Lincolnshire Police are able to confirm that we are conducting an investigation into alleged criminal conduct of an individual member of staff at Pilgrim Hospital, Pilgrim.
“We are currently interviewing potential witnesses and otherwise gathering evidence.
“This includes speaking to patients who may have been victims along with their family members and members of the public.
“Members of staff who be witnesses are also being consulted.”
Contrary to reports from other media organisations, Boston Pilgrim has stated that the investigation has not been initiated because of a tip of from the CQC
And despite this latest scandal, the hospital claims to have made ‘significant changes to ensure the best possible quality of care to patients’ following the inspection visit in February.
Improvements have included a leadership review to allow for immediate action on reported issues, a strengthened customer care service and the introduction of a set of dignity pledges so patients know what to expect from staff.
Refresher training for staff, hourly care rounds and revised ward shifts handovers have also been implemented in light of the report’s recommendations.
A spokesperson for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We took immediate action to address the issues raised following the inspection visit to Pilgrim Hospital in February.”
Unfortunately for the troubled hospital and its patients, further setbacks, unrelated to the police investigation, have also arisen.
A spokesperson said: “We can confirm we have temporarily closed ward 6B at Pilgrim Hospital due to staff shortages caused by sickness and vacancies.
“The decision has been taken to ensure we can continue to provide safe care to our patients.
“Many patients we already in he process of being transferred as normal, therefore disruption was kept to a minimum.
“We are taking steps to address the issues and ward 6B will reopen as soon as possible.”