Hospital ‘is unsafe and should close’

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WORRIED staff have suggested the troubled Pilgrim Hospital should close because it is “unsafe” for patients.

The Boston hospital, which serves most South Holland patients, had its student nurses withdrawn last week after the Nursing and Midwifery raised concerns about its suitability.

Now Unison area organiser Dave Kirwan has raised the possibility of closing the hospital while a management review is carried out.

He said: “Several of our members have said they believe the hospital is unsafe and should possibly even close for a major management restructure.

“Patients are telling staff they believe it to be unsafe and, therefore are fearful of their own safety.”

On Tuesday, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said he was confident that Pilgrim’s problems could be addressed and that it was important to reassure the public.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust spokesman Clare White said: “We are pleased the Health Secretary has offered his reassurance about Pilgrim Hospital and has recognised the work that is taking place. Our new management team is now fully in place, with strong leadership throughout the hospital. We have started to see clear results from our work including our patient safety express programme.

“This enables us to measure various aspects of care and identifies where improvements are being made or where further work is needed.”