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James Wild: 'Investment in QEH is my top priority'

The latest column from North West Norfolk's MP, Friday, August 14, 2020

During this Sahara inspired heatwave, it is strange to think ahead to winter.

But with the NHS – and as in Game of Thrones - winter is coming and planning needs to start early which is why the Government is putting £300 million into helping hospital trusts get ready.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn

As part of this funding, QEH will receive an additional £1.9 million to support A&E capacity. This new money – part of the record investment going into the NHS – is very welcome. It will upgrade A&E to help ensure that the hospital team are as prepared as possible for the challenges ahead further improving emergency services.

Investment in QEH is my top priority and I will continue to work with the team there to make the case for further investment to modernise the hospital as part of the Government’s health infrastructure plan.

For many young people across North West Norfolk the main event has been getting their A-level yesterday. I remember well the anxiety I felt on my results day. It has been very tough for students this year who were not able to sit exams due to Covid-19.

Instead, schools and colleges provided exam boards a grade for each subject based on the result students would have been expected to achieve and ranked them by performance. These grades were then standardised across exam boards.

I congratulate everyone on their achievements but any student who didn’t get the result they were expecting, should speak to their school or college about their options.

They can advise you on whether you are able to appeal your grades. However ultimately, there will be the opportunity to take the exams in the autumn.

Now more than ever it is important to celebrate independent retailers in our vibrant, local communities. In Shop Local week - as in every week really – there’s the opportunity to play our part in supporting the local recovery.

My favourite purchases were delicious sausages and steak from Howards butchers in Gayton after I’d enjoyed a tasty lunch at the Crown Inn. Howard’s would be a good contender for the Best Small Shops Competition. Details on how shopkeepers can nominate their store are on my website.

Tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan day. Often seen as the forgotten victory, it is right to pay tribute to the Greatest Generation for their service and sacrifice.

Although public events are not possible, once again many creative ideas are in place and I’m looking forward to getting my hand on the keepsake booklet in today’s paper.

Next week I will be heading off on my holidays. Where better to go than staying right here in West Norfolk?

Days at the coast, exploring the house and gardens at Sandringham, experiencing the new Watatunga wildlife reserve, as well as visiting my favourite pubs are just some of the plans. The campsite is reserved. The VW campervan is booked. JW in a VW in NW(N), if you will!

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