Update on hospital trust improvement from health secretary

Pilgrim Hospital, Boston. ENGEMN00120130504093848
Pilgrim Hospital, Boston. ENGEMN00120130504093848

The secretary of state for health, Jeremy Hunt, has spoken on the progress being made by the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) to exit ‘special measures’.

ULHT, which runs Pilgrim Hospital, was one of 11 hospital trusts given the status 12 months ago in light of concerns over mortality rates and standards of care.

On Wednesday, Mr Hunt updated the House of Commons on the progress of ULHT and the other trusts.

He said: “While United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has made progress, including the employment of 140 additional nursing staff, work remains to be done, and the chief inspector (of the Care Quality Commission) has recommended that it should remain in special measures for a further six months.

“Turning around a hospital which had significantly high death rates going back to 2006 is a big task, but I know, having visited the trust myself, how much enthusiasm there is to exit special measures.”