Meetings in King’s Lynn and Norwich discuss staffing issues and recovery plans for Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Union memebers led by Unison have set up a protest outside of West Norfolk Borough Council offices i

Union memebers led by Unison have set up a protest outside of West Norfolk Borough Council offices in King's Lynn, during a meeting of the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group. Picture; Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Two meetings on either side of the county will discuss the state of a crisis-torn Norfolk hospital today.

Protestors greeted members of the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), when they met at West Norfolk council's offices in King's Lynn this morning.

Twenty trade unionists lobbied the meeting, calling for assurances over the future of the A&E department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which was placed in special measures by health watchdogs last month.

After taking questions from the public, the CCG's board was due to discuss a report by Maggie Carter, its head of clinical quality and patient safety.

It says the CCG is now monitoring staffing levels at the hospital, which has maintained 'safe minimum staffing levels' for the last four weeks.


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The report says the QEH currently has 28 nursing vacancies. Nineteen Portugese nurses and five other registered nurses started work in November, with a further 20 due to arrive in December, 16 of whom are from Portugal.

Norfolk's health overview and scrutiny committee is also due to discuss the quality of service at the QEH and the hospital's recovery plan.

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The meeting, at County Hall in Norwich, will also discuss staffing issues and the recovery plan drawn up by the hospital.

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