Hospital trusts apologise for failing

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The hospital trusts, which provided substandard medical care to an elderly Skegness man prior to his death in 2009 have apologised to his family.

A Public Health Service Ombudsman’s report identified ‘significant’ failings in the care offered to Reg Cooper before his death at Boston Pilgrim and also in the handling of his daughter Shirley’s complaint.

In a joint statement, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) and Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS)said: “ULHT has contacted Miss Cooper following the PHSO report and has apologised unreservedly for failing to meet her father’s needs at Pilgrim Hospital in 2009.We fully accept the PHSO’s report and will implement the recommendations made in order to improve the care we provide our patients in the future.”