Investigation into hospital trust death rates begins following Stafford scandal

Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.
Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, is to be investigated by a Government body in relation to high death rates.

The trust has fallen under scrutiny in the fallout from the a report published into deaths within Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

It is one of 14 trusts now under investigation following the inquiry because they have higher than expected death rates, according to a scale known as the Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HSMR).

A spokesman for the trust said the investigation was a welcome development, as it would provide the opportunity to demonstrate improvements at hospitals in the area.

He added: “Our mortality figures have improved significantly in the last year.”

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