Monklands deaths were highest of all three Lanarkshire hospitals

Health chiefs have been ordered to make widespread improvements into above-average mortality rates and issues with understaffing, quality of care and record keeping at Monklands Hospital.

This follows a review by inspectors who were probing reports of above average death rates at the three hospitals oveseen by NHS Lanarkshire.

The team found that Monklands had the highest death rates of the trio which also included Hairmyres Hospital and Wishaw General Hospital.

NHS Lanarkshire chief executive Ian Ross said: “We regret any occasion that patient care has fallen short of the high standards we strive for.’’

And he stressed that improvement measures were now being implemented.

However a number of local politicians have slammed the results.

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