Campaign group Cure the NHS Lincolnshire, which is part of a national movement, is asking patients who believe they may have been treated inadequately by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) between 2009 and 2013 to come forward with their experiences.

Campaigners estimate that hundreds of patients received poor or inadequate treatment because hospital targets were allegedly put above patient safety in the lead up to the damning Keogh review.

The group claims that overcrowded hospitals were linked to over 600 more deaths than expected, and that senior managers were aware of issues but failed to act.

Head of the campaign is former non-executive ULHT chair David Bowles, who stepped down from his role in 2009 due to concerns over the safety of practice and targets.  Mr Bowles has commented that Lincolnshire’s hospitals failed to implement an NHS ‘Code’, or ‘Capacity Review between 2009-2013.

Mr Bowles further commented that “patients had been put at risk” and the NHS was left open to legal action.

“We have already had contact from patients and whistleblowers alleging that patients suffered, not just in terms of dignity or basic care, but specific allegations of life changing consequences and even regrettably instances of mortality.

“If patients came to harm through overcrowding, they or their relatives need to know the facts behind their poor treatment and decide if they wish to take the matter further.

“Cure the NHS Lincolnshire has published information on their website to help guide any patient or relatives with concerns.”

However, Jan Sobieraj, chief executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has disputed the claims, saying   “We do not recognise the claims that are being made by Cure the NHS or recognise their data from that period.”

If you have been the victim of medical negligence and would like to make a claim for compensation for the pain and suffering that you have suffered as a result of the healthcare provider’s negligence, then contact our Medical Negligence Team now. We are happy to offer a free initial appointment.

Home visits can be arranged if needed or you can visit one of our offices in Boston, Lincoln, Sleaford, Grantham, Newark and Spalding.

 

 

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