Concerns raised over the future of QEH at Kings Lynn and the issue of funding

I was most surprised to read that Henry Bellingham, MP, believes that the QEH should not expect to get any further government money until it proves it is making good progress and has “turned the corner” from its failings, as highlighted by Monitor.

I met with Henry on December 23 along with UNISON QEH Branch Secretary Darren Barber, to discuss this very important matter. At that meeting it was made clear to him, several times that the hospital was in this difficult situation because of underfunding and cuts.

We discussed the financial concerns and the fact that, in our opinion, money previously wasn’t spent in the areas it was needed - front line services. There were over £10 million worth of “efficiency savings” (cuts to you and I) that were made and quite obviously such a significant loss has proved near fatal.

Perhaps the fact that our MP doesn’t have to use our hospital means he can make theses statements from a position of safety.

But for you and I, having to rely on the services of our local QEH, I want it properly funded, and I want this to happen now.

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