Suspicion over expansion of N&N

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Picture: MIKE PAGE

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Picture: MIKE PAGE - Credit: Mike Page

Good news that the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital will be building a much-needed £130m extension, but not so good news that they are being coy about where the money will be coming from.

Given the almost certain reasons for the N&NUH having a £25m deficit being because of the original PFI deal, which will have contributed to them being placed in special financial measures only recently lifted, one hopes the lessons of history and of other NHS Trusts has been learned and that the government will use its cheaper access to money to fund the expansion.

But I suspect not and it looks like car parking charges will rise yet again to cover the additional interest payments. Maybe if car users were also given shareholder status, we might be less inclined to grumble?

Mike Jozefiak, Hungate Street, Aylsham.


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