Mortality rate falls to lowest for eight years

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The organisation in charge of the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston has seen its mortality rate fall to the lowest for eight years.

New data shows that the 2013/14 score for United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust is 98.4, down from 109 in the previous year - the national average is set at 100.

The figure is the lowest since 2006/07 when the score was 106.

New data shows that the 2013/14 score for United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust is 98.4, down from 109 in the previous year - the national average is set at 100.

The figure is the lowest since 2006/07 when the score was 106.

The trust was placed in ‘special measures’ after its higher-than-expected mortality rates for 2012/13 prompted a review by Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director for England.

Jane Lewington, trust chief executive officer, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and is due to the hard work of all our staff. We can’t underestimate the massive progress we have made as a trust over the past few years. There’s no single factor that led to the reduction, it is due to widespread improvements to quality of patient care and fostering a safety culture at our hospitals.”

Medical director Dr Suneil Kapadia added they ‘won’t sit on our laurels’.