Student nurses are withdrawn

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STUDENT nurses have been withdrawn from a south Lincolnshire hospital after the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) raised “serious concerns” about its suitability.

The students were pulled out of Pilgrim Hospital at Boston, which serves most patients in South Holland, on Thursday afternoon.

A spokesman for the NMC said: “Following serious concerns that have formally been raised with the NMC we have asked The University of Lincoln, The University of Nottingham and The Open University to withdraw 82 nursing and midwifery students from Pilgrim Hospital with immediate effect.

“We are working with the universities to review the suitability of the learning environment at Pilgrim Hospital and to support all students affected at this time.”

It is not clear whether the students will be able to return to the Pilgrim but some have already been allocated alternative places elsewhere.

In June the Care Quality Commission issued a report outlining “major concerns” about the standards of care at the Pilgrim.