Guardian Comment: Could do better but there is hope for our health trust

Royal Lancaster Infirmary
Royal Lancaster Infirmary

So the latest report is in for the beleaguered University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS FoundationTrust - which runs the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

Some progress has certainly been made, seven of the recommendations made by the watchdog have been implemented in full and others partially.

But there is still a long, long, road to run.

It is interesting to note that culture change is on the to do list.

Yes, the trust is a complex body, with almost unthinkable logistics to overcome with a tough financial backdrop.

But the only place change can start is the top.

The trust is on the critical list but with open heart surgery it can be turned around.

News of the report comes just days after the welcome news that an independent inquiry will be held into care provision at the trust - sparked by the baby deaths in Furness General Hospital maternity unit.

We can only hope the answers are found for those grieving familiies and that change comes quickly.

*Meanwhile, the school term is now well under way and the campaign to save a Lancaster high school threatened with closure is gathering pace. Today a mother and her son tell why the school is so important to them, in their own words.