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'Significant staff pressures' due to Covid force Lincolnshire hospitals to declare critical incident but say services remain open

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Health chiefs say essential services remain open after declaring a critical incident at Lincolnshire's hospitals due to 'significant staffing pressures' due to Covid.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals, which runs Boston's Pilgrim Hospital and Lincoln County Hospital, are reported to have declared the critical incident on Saturday, according to the Sunday Times.

In a statement issued to the BBC, the trust's medical director, Dr Colin Farquharson said: "As a result of significant staffing pressures due to absence related to Covid-19, we are having to take additional steps to maintain services.

Boston's Pilgrim Hospital (15087858)
Boston's Pilgrim Hospital (15087858)

"Our staff continue to work exceptionally hard and we would like to reassure our patients and the public that in spite of the challenges faced, essential services remain fully open for anyone who needs them, so people should continue to come forward for care."

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