Boost for RLI as MP row escalates

Lancaster Royal Infirmary Hospital.'Centenary Building.
Lancaster Royal Infirmary Hospital.'Centenary Building.

The trust in charge of the Royal Lancaster Infirmary has scored highly in the latest ratings on safe and quality patient care.

Health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust as ‘low risk’.

The results will come as a boost to the RLI after its accident and emergency department came under fire by the CQC in 2012.

Meanwhile Morecambe MP David Morris rowed with his Barrow-in-Furness counterpart, Labour MP John Woodcock, over problems at the trust. Woodcock swore at Morris at the top of the escalators in Portcullis House in Westminster, claiming he’d used the deaths of babies at the trust-run Furness General Hospital to call for the resignation of shadow health secretary Andy Burnham. Mr Morris strenuously denied the claims. The Morecambe MP called for Burnham to quit in the summer after 11 hospitals nationwide were placed into special measures, blaming the previous government for failings in the NHS. Furness General has been investigated following record numbers of baby deaths.