Karl's statement on Care Quality Commission report

In response to the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) recent report into the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), Karl McCartney JP MP, Member of Parliament for the City of Lincoln, said: “My Constituents and I, and I am sure my fellow Members of Parliament across Lincolnshire will all be disappointed and concerned by the outcome of the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) recent report into the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT). Whilst it is reassuring that in a number of areas such as surgery and the culture of caring that our County Hospital is rated as good, the issues surrounding Accident & Emergency particularly, show real challenges still remain. Increasing demand on the health service allied with short and longterm staff shortages is a particular challenge that we need to find solutions for, urgently.

“I am constantly in contact with the management at the hospital, including speaking often to the Chief Executive and the Chairman yesterday about matters contained in detail within this report. I am reassured that the NHS Trust has already been acting on the concerns raised by the CQC for some time so no time has been lost. The fact there will be extra support from the NHS at a national level is most welcome, however, we also need practical answers at that level regarding the staff shortage issue, which is likely to be somewhat out of the control of the Trust itself.

“I will do all I can to support the County Hospital to help them ensure the patients in our City and County receive the quality of healthcare they deserve and they need.”

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For further information, please contact Karl McCartney JP MP at karl.mccartney.mp@parliament.uk / 020 7219 7221.