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Acute trust to be prosecuted by CQC

The Care Quality Commission is to prosecute an acute trust after a patient was injured when allegedly exposed to “avoidable harm”.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust is due to appear tomorrow afternoon at Boston Magistrates’ Court.

The alleged incident took place at Lincoln County Hospital, the CQC said. Although the CQC declined to comment further, Lincolnshire Live reported the alleged incident involved 91-year-old Iris Longmate and relates to a failure to provide safe care and treatment on or before 3 March 2019.

The local publication added court papers claimed “at the same time ULHT also failed to give safe care and treatment to patients on Greetwell Ward, who were ‘being exposed to a significant risk of avoidable harm occurring’”. 

Proceedings are being brought under sections 22 and 12 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. These rules require providers to take reasonable steps to minimise risks to people’s health and safety during treatment, and make it a criminal offence if a provider fails to comply and a patient suffers avoidable harm or is exposed to a risk of this happening.

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Source: HSJ, 24 March 2022


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