Departure of King's Lynn hospital boss is 'a mistake', says MP
The departure of the chief executive of Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been branded "a mistake" by the town's MP.
The crisis facing the trust deepened earlier this week when it was confirmed that Jon Green would be leaving the role, only days after officials denied claims he had resigned.
One town organisation says it is already beginning a campaign to save the QEH.
And North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham has said he is disappointed by the move.
He said: "Jon is highly competent and impressive and I don't think he has been given enough chance to put his mark on the place. I personally think it is a mistake."
The news of Mr Green's departure was revealed in an email to staff, which said he would be taking up a secondment role at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital looking into the potential integration of health services.
The move comes amid widespread opposition to the idea of moving cancer care and surgery to Norwich, which has come back onto the agenda in recent weeks despite having been rejected previously.
Some critics believe that measure, if it is implemented, would be a step towards downgrading the hospital altogether.
And, even before Mr Green’s departure was confirmed, members of the Lynn and District Trades Council approved plans for a campaign to “save” the hospital.
Secretary Jo Rust said the blame for the current crisis lies with the government and staff should be properly consulted on the way forward.
She said: “We want the staff to know they’re supported locally and they’re not blamed for
this. They are on their knees and all they see is a revolving door of executives who aren’t committed to this area or this hospital in the same way they are.
“The staff work here and live here. Their friends and family use the trust.
“They’re the ones who should be asked what works and what doesn’t and why they should stay.”
But Sir Henry said: "I've been round the hospital recently and if you talk to people on the ground, the morale is high. They are determined to get through this difficult period."
He also played down fears that Mr Green's role could be a sign of downgrading the role of the QEH in the future.
He said: "We're going to see more and more integration and that is a good thing. I want the best possible treatment and access to the best consultants.
"The Queen Elizabeth and the James Paget survive because they are essential to our communities. We have to reinforce each other."