Health service chiefs have today, Tuesday, March 25, backed plans to appoint a team of experts deal with a debt crisis at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Yesterday, health regulator Monitor announched it would appoint a contingency planning team to work with local health bodies to develop sustainable plans for services at the Gayton Road site.
And, in a joint statement released today, the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS England gave their support to the plan.
Dr Sue Crossman, the CCG’s chief officer, said: “Ensuring quality of care for the patients of West Norfolk is our highest priority and we are working closely with the new leadership team and the Director of Nursing at the QEH to embed the improvements that are already underway.
“West Norfolk CCG, NHS England and Monitor all have the same goal - to ensure that we have a thriving District General hospital in King’s Lynn both now and in the future.
“We are all working together to develop local health services that are sustainable in the long-term. As part of this, West Norfolk CCG is leading a System SustainabilityProgramme of work with local health, social care and voluntary partners, patients and the public to develop services that are affordable and meet patients’ needs.”
She added that the CCG would be making its own recommendations to the planning team when it starts work this summer.
Andrew Reed, NHS England’s area director for East Anglia, said: “NHS England fully supports the action that Monitor have proposed and feel it will help to ensure high-quality services, that meet the needs of the people of King’s Lynn, are provided at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
“We look forward to working with Monitor, West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group and other partners, as we take action and build
a sustainable health economy in Norfolk that is fit for the future.”