Health chiefs in Lincolnshire hit back at claims of 'service in crisis'
Hospital bosses have defended the NHS in Lincolnshire following claims it is in crisis.
County politicians claimed that patients were "being allowed to die quietly" and that mortality rates were "earth shattering."
But this week, the people at the helm of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust said that was "simply not accurate".
The criticisms came after it emerged the trust was being investigated over claims it has high death rates.
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In the same month, response times by East Midlands Ambulance Service were found to be the worst in the country.
This week the chief executive of ULHT, Jane Lewington, said: "There has been a lot of negative publicity lately but as chief executive, I can assure patients and potential patients that we work as hard as we can. We employ 7,500 people across the county and we care hugely about patient safety and the care they receive."
Mrs Lewington said she had not been made aware of any patient complaints regarding EMAS.
She added: "We have a very good relationship with EMAS as far as I am concerned.
"From the moment a patient is picked up, we have 1hr 50mins to get them to our hospitals and get the procedure done. We are doing it in 1hr and 7mins so EMAS are certainly getting them here quick.
"It is one of the best figures in the country."
Meanwhile, medical director David Levy said more than 60 per cent of patients who come through A&E are "old and frail", which he said could go some way in explaining why mortality rates are high.
He said: "Our hospitals have undergone huge improvements in the last two years. The comments from the councillors are disappointing and simply not accurate.
"The fact is most of our patients are elderly and frail."
Eiri Jones, director of nursing, added: "For every bad story there are many good stories.
"The majority of our workers work hard. We are only human and we don't get everything right."