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Home » Latest News » United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust admit Health and Social Care Act Breach

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust admit Health and Social Care Act Breach

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust admit Health and Social Care Act Breach

It was recently reported that the Care Quality Commission have pursued an investigation into the standards deployed by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust at their Lincoln County Hospital site following avoidable injuries suffered by a 91-year-old female.

It was recently reported that the Care Quality Commission have pursued an investigation into the standards deployed by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust at their Lincoln County Hospital site following avoidable injuries suffered by a 91-year-old female.

Mr David Longmate’s mother sadly passed away in March 2019. She was in Lincoln Hospital for treatment for gall stones. During her stay she had been assessed as capable for independent mobility but sadly suffered an unobserved fall. She was found by medical staff and moved in order to provide resuscitation. Whilst treating Mrs Longmate the staff placed her fragile body against exposed hot water pipes causing significant burns. Her fall also caused her to suffer injury to her head and a spinal fracture.  

Mr Longmate questioned the decisions made by the Hospital in relation to this episode.    

The hospital investigated Mr Longmate’s complaint. The CQC then commenced their own investigation and undertook a detailed prosecution which concluded recently at Boston Magistrates Court resulting in a fine to the Trust, following their admission of breach.  

Emma Shuttleworth, representing Mr Longmate in his clinical negligence claim says “As medical negligence specialists, it is always troubling to us to hear of incidents of avoidable harm. Mrs Longmate’s fall resulted in injury that was devastating enough, however, the burns she sustained were totally unnecessary which added to her pain and suffering immensely”.  

Mr Longmate raised his concerns by way of a formal complaint to the Hospital and assisted the CQC with their investigation as he was extremely concerned by the injuries his mother sustained in the weeks before her death. Mr Longmate felt that the burn injuries on that day were inexcusable.

Mr Longmate states “I am relieved that changes have been made at Lincoln Hospital as a result of my mother’s suffering so that nobody else should have to go through what we as a family have”.  

Whilst it is clearly disappointing that such action had to be taken, Bridge McFarland LLP are pleased to see that changes have been made at Lincoln Hospital to reduce the risk of future harm and welcome the CQC’s involvement in bringing such prosecutions when clearly patient safety is at risk. As a firm we would encourage anyone who is concerned about treatment or standards in Hospitals to raise their concerns.If patients or their relatives do not have a voice, these problems will simply continue to go unnoticed.  

We continue to assist Mr Longmate in the investigation of his clinical negligence claim following the prosecution findings.

http://https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-60879277

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/lincoln-news/lincolnshire-hospital-trust-fined-100000-6860986