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Student nurses removed from hospital

1st August 2011

The Nurse and Midwifery Council has expressed "serious concerns" about the standard of care at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital, which has led to the removal of around 100 student nurses.

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The Open University and the Universities of Nottingham and Lincoln have stated that their students have been impacted by the decision.

The Patients Association called the decision a "damning condemnation" of standards at the hospital.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said in a statement: "Following serious concerns that have formally been raised with the NMC, we have asked The University of Lincoln, The University of Nottingham and The Open University to withdraw around 100 nursing and midwifery students with immediate effect."

"We are working with the universities to review the suitability of the learning environment at Pilgrim Hospital and to support all students affected at this time." 

Seven of the nurses are from the University of Lincoln, 52 are from the University of Nottingham and the remainder are from The Open University.

Sylvia Knight, director of nursing and patient services at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, said that although the student nurses played a "valuable" role in the hospital, they worked "in addition to" the core teams. 

The Care Quality Commission said last month that the hospital had not met expected standards in 12 out of 16 categories.

The CQC said in a statement that it had been sharing data about United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust with the NMC.

"This is part of our normal working relationship and the information had previously been shared with the trust. The CQC is carrying out a wider investigation into the trust and we will publish the findings of this in due course." 

 

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