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Patients being 'allowed to die quietly' by crisis-hit NHS in Lincolnshire

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

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Patients are being "allowed to die quietly", according to a county politician amid claims of a crisis in Lincolnshire's NHS.

Councillors charged with scrutinising the local NHS say people are "losing faith" in services they are receiving.

Two health trusts have endured a difficult seven days, during which it emerged:

The county's hospitals are being investigated over claims they have high death rates.

A former hospital trust boss claimed he was breaching a "gagging order" to reveal how he was told to prioritise meeting targets over patient safety.

Response times by EMAS, the ambulance service for the county, were revealed as the worst in Britain.

This comes seven months after the Echo reported claims by MP Stephen Phillips that patients died in the county because of the previous Government's obsession with targets.

Now, councillors who sit on the health scrutiny committee at Lincolnshire County Council have spoken out.

Chairman Christine Talbot said: "The investigation into high mortality rates across United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) is extremely worrying. There have been 670 deaths in hospitals across the county since 2009 – that is an Earth-shattering revelation.

"And ambulances are failing to reach patients in time.

"People are losing faith in the health service."

Chris Brewis, a health scrutiny committee member, said: "The health service in Lincolnshire is in a real mess – a crisis. It seems to be a place where people are just allowed to die quietly – it is not on."

Former ULHT chairman David Bowles has called for current incumbent Paul Richardson to step down.

ULHT spokesman Claire White said: "We have thousands of doctors, nurses and other staff working incredibly hard to deliver safe and high-quality care to patients every day. That is and always will be our top priority."

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  • Bobster  |  February 23 2013, 8:50PM

    My father died last year in Grimsby hospital, he spent his last week of life being assaulted, being neglected and not receiving the medical care he needed. The ward was put under special measures for their failings in regards care of my father and other patients. The Nhs in Lincolnshire is in an horrendous state. Our complaint is with the ombudsman now, and hopefully with people taking the concerns to the ombudsman and with the quality care commission auditing gy hospital things will change.

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  • Panda22  |  February 22 2013, 12:11PM

    I must be one of the lucky ones. Last year I had to see 5 specialist at the hospitl and I received exceptional treatment and care

  • uk4caster  |  February 21 2013, 11:52AM

    Don't forget the hidden misery of mental health patients in Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust. They suffer and die too, but it is the excess suicides here....Lincoln is the suicide capital of the East Midlands. Worst per head than any deprived inner city like Nottingham or Leicester.

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  • impetuous  |  February 21 2013, 11:30AM

    Who wants to point out to Cllr Talbot that at the last election, satisfaction rates in the NHS were at a record high but that they are now plumbing the depths that they were at before. Wonder why that is?

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