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Alarm at claim that King’s Lynn’s QEH is £9m in the red

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The public service union Unison is calling for an urgent meeting with local MPs to discuss Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The union is worried about comments made by Dr Ian Mack, chairman of the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group, in a radio interview, last Thursday which points to a £9 million shortfall.

He said the QEH – which has been placed into special measures following critical Monitor and Care Quality Commission reports – would need central government to deal with such a funding gap.

North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham, South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss and North Norfolk’s Norman Lamb received the invites from Darren Barber, Unison’s branch secretary.

A letter from Mr Barber to the MPs, said: “Dr Mack made it quite clear that there is indeed a financial shortfall of some £9 million here at the Queen Elizabeth, and furthermore, this is an issue that only central government can deal with.

“In the light of these comments, I would like to request an urgent meeting with you, as the parliamentary representative of many of the Queen Elizabeth’s patients and staff, here at the hospital.

“I am happy to be flexible with regard to a date, so may I kindly request you could furnish me with your available/preferred dates and times.

“It is the view of UNISON that the root cause of the difficulties here at the Queen Elizabeth are the result of a lack of Government funds, and this has been partially accepted by the government, in that it increased funding by a further £3.9 million for the Accident & Emergency department. However, like Dr Mack, we believe this goes nowhere near far enough.

“This is, of course, a very serious matter for the people of West Norfolk, and local people have the right to know what you are doing about it.”

 

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