West Norfolk’s MPs have lobbied the government for urgent action on the problems faced by Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, it has emerged today.
North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham and South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss have called for an urgent meeting with health secretary Jeremy Hunt in the light of two critical reports into the hospital last week.
First, the Care Quality Commission revealed that its inspectors had found the hospital was failing to meet all of nine care standards it examined during a three-day assessment in the spring.
Then, Monitor, the body which regulates foundation trusts like the QEH, said it was taking further action against the trust for failing to meet accident and emergency response times and its deteriorating financial position.
Hospital managers have insisted they are putting plans in place to turn things around.
But, in a joint statement issued a short time ago, the MPs said: “Residents need to know that the health care they receive in West Norfolk is of the highest possible standard and we plan to ensure this is delivered.
“That is why we have raised the situation at the Queen Elizabeth hospital with the Secretary of State for Health and asked for an urgent meeting.”