‘We’re not closing’, King’s Lynn hospital chiefs vow

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Senior managers of Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) have rejected claims the facility is at risk of closure, though they admit some services will go elsewhere.

Trust bosses moved to reassure patients over the future of the Gayton Road site during the second of the hospital’s current series of public engagement events at Lynn Town Hall on Wednesday.

Chief exectuive Dr Manjit Obhrai said: “I can assure you there are no plans to close the hospital, but the way we do things will change.”

Asked how many services could be removed before the hospital is deemed not to be viable, he added: “90 per cent of services will remain here. I can tell you that now.”

Fears that the QEH may be at risk of closure have emerged amid growing fears over the potential impact of the government’s care bill, which was approved in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

Clause 119 of the bill would give troubleshooters appointed to transform failing hospitals the power to implement wider changes affecting other sites than their own, though any plan would need ministerial approval.

Trust chairman David Dean said the geography of the area, and the distance between the QEH and other major hospitals, was a key reason why the QEH would remain open, though campaigners dispute the claim.

Mr Dean told the meeting he had completed a sponsored run in London last year, visiting 19 hospitals in 12 hours and said he would be “lucky” to reach two if he did something similar here.