EXCLUSIVE: Minister speaks on Pilgrim Hospital visit

Andrew Lansley visited Boston. Daniel Jaines writes down the ministers thoughts on the NHS in Boston.
Andrew Lansley visited Boston. Daniel Jaines writes down the ministers thoughts on the NHS in Boston.

PROGRESS is being made to combat negative issues at Pilgrim Hospital according to Government health minister Andrew Lansley.

During an exclusive interview with Standard, the secretary of state said he thought issues raised in recent damning investigations were being tackled - but there was still more to do.

Speaking about his visit he told reporters he had wanted to come to the Pilgrim to talk to staff and patients about health facilities in the area and to see how the hospital had responded to problems in recent years.

He is understood to have visited the accident and emergency, intensive care and maternity wards and commented the maternity ward had been a bit shabby.

Mr Lansley said: “Mark wanted me to see the maternity ward to see some of the problems and high quality services.

“Of course there were also positive things including the new intensive care ward.”

The visit to Pilgrim had been closed to press but the Standard caught up with the minister as he walked through our town yesterday (Thursday) evening.

For more on this exclusive interview, see next week’s Standard.