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Huge impact if cancer surgery moves to Norwich, Lynn News Letters

By Lynn News Reporter

Vascular surgery was moved to Norwich a few years ago, all done very quietly. This moves means that if you live in the west of the county and suffer an abdominal aortic aneurysm your chances of survival are slim.

NHS Improvement are forcing the move of elective surgery, including cancer patients to Norwich, and were already discussing moving elective surgery before the recent CQC report.

Theatre staff working at our hospital heard about this plan on the local radio rather than through their board – what a way to learn the news. At a time when staff morale is already low, why is it assumed that these hardworking NHS employees won’t opt to work elsewhere rather than face a long journey down a poor road?

For many, working in Norwich is just not practical when they have family, finances and hours to consider. I’ve heard that other staff have said they will leave if they are made to work on the wards which is not their chosen area.

If our local hospital lose more staff then elective surgery will never come back. It will then be questionable if they are safe to provide trauma surgery.

If trauma surgery can’t be provided safely then we face the real risk that Accident and Emergency will become a minor injury unit only.

Many patients will have to get three buses to access services in Norwich, and their nearest and dearest will face hurdles to visit them.

Imagine being isolated on a ward in the NNUH, where you know no one and no one can afford to visit you.

The NHSI appointed turnaround director is in charge of transformation at Norwich, our Mental Health Trust and the QEH. Will it make her job easier to amalgamate hospitals or is it all part of the larger proposal hidden among blurb in the Sustainability and Transformation Plan?

Despite the best efforts of the staff, Norwich is failing as much as the QEH. Do they really want this additional work? This move will further impact on the financial viability of the QEH as most of its income comes from elective surgery.

Just what are the local MPs doing to lobby government for the additional funding needed to turn around the precarious position we’re in? Too many of our hospitals are being judged as inadequate or requiring improvement.

From where I stand, it’s government funding that’s inadequate and needs to be improved.

Jo Rust

Campaign Coordinator, North West Norfolk Labour Party

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