We will get this hospital out of special measures, vows new chair at the QEH in King’s Lynn

Edward Libbey at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Picture: Matthew Usher. Edward Libbey at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
3:27 PM

The new chair of a beleaguered Norfolk hospital trust has pledged to steer it out of special measures.

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Health watchdogs criticised lack of nurses, A&E waiting times and financial performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital last October.

On Edward Libbey’s first day as chair, the Care Quality Commission arrived to review progress at the 420-bed QEH.

“There’s a processs we have to go through and we will go through it,” said Mr Libbey. “We will get out of special measures - full stop.”

Mr Libbey takes over from David Dean, the vice-chair of Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital Trust in London, who was made interim chair after the hospital was placed in special measures.

He grew up in Lynn and has sat on the boards of primary care trusts and commissioning groups since 2006, previously working in the oil industry.

“I want to make sure that we have a hospital here that is the preferred choice for patients, the place people want to go that provides good care, where people have a good experience,” he said. “As chairman of the board, my job is to make sure the place runs smoothly.”

See tomorrow’s EDP for more on the QEH’s battle to get out of special measures.

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