MP reassured after meeting Norfolk hospital chiefs over A&E problems

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith - Credit: Simon Finlay

A Norwich MP said she was optimistic that bosses at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital were taking the right steps to improve performance within its A&E department.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith met hospital chief executive Anna Dugdale and Chris Cobb, director of medicine and emergency care, on Friday to discuss ongoing concerns about slow ambulance turnaround times and capacity issues at the hospital.

The NHS trust has come under scrutiny after a number of high-profile incidents involving several ambulances queuing up outside A&E in recent months.

On Easter Monday, a makeshift tent was erected by the East of England Ambulance Service outside the Colney site as a precautionary treatment area.

Miss Smith said her meeting with the hospital chiefs had been 'positive'.


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'I am very glad to see more cooperation between the hospital, ambulance service and other critical parts of the health care system, including social care. Joint planning can only be a good thing. This does not solve all the problems, but it is a step in the right direction.'

'I will be keeping up the pressure on the management on behalf of constituents,' she said.

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