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Prime Minister says good news could be on horizon for proposed nursing college in King's Lynn




Hope that a nursing college could be re-established in King's Lynn was given a shot in the arm at Prime Minister's Questions today (September 9).

The proposal for a training facility at College of West Anglia's campus was first mooted by Queen Elizabeth Hospital chief executive Caroline Shaw last year.

She said: "It’s an aspiration of mine to bring back a school of nursing in King’s Lynn.”

North West Norfolk MP James Wild asking Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the prospect of a nursing college in King's Lynn at PMQs on September 9. (42184686)
North West Norfolk MP James Wild asking Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the prospect of a nursing college in King's Lynn at PMQs on September 9. (42184686)

And earlier this month the Lynn News told how £597,000 of government funding was being sought to modify a building at the Tennyson Avenue site to create a "ward" and equip it.

Today, Boris Johnson advised North-West Norfolk MP James Wild to be patient and there might be some good news forthcoming.

Mr Wild had said: "King's Lynn will benefit from the Government's levelling up agenda with £25million through the Towns Fund.

"Would my Right Honourable friend encourage ministers to look favourably at proposals for a school of nursing at the College of West Anglia to help kickstart local training opportunities and job opportunities for the people of West Norfolk?"

Prime Minister replying to North West Norfolk MP James Wild's question about the possibility of a new nursing college in Lynn at Prime Minister's Questions on September 9. (42185549)
Prime Minister replying to North West Norfolk MP James Wild's question about the possibility of a new nursing college in Lynn at Prime Minister's Questions on September 9. (42185549)

Mr Johnson thanked his Conservative colleague for the question and said Mr Wild was an "excellent champion" for the area.

He added: "If he can just contain his impatience a little bit, he may hear something to his advantage and to the advantage of his constituency from his Right Honourable friend and mind, the Communities Secretary [Robert Jenrick]."

Mr Wild supported the proposal as a member of the King's Lynn Towns Fund Board which submitted it as part of the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government's accelerated funding.

He pressed the Department of Health and Social Care in July to support the proposals as part of addressing nursing workforce issues and highlighting the importance of having more training opportunities for people in West Norfolk including for nursing associate apprenticeships.

The town's former nursing college was located at the QEH.



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