Union leaders back hospital campaign as petition passes 2,000 mark
- Credit: QEH
Staff and patients deserve better, union leaders say as they back a petition calling for West Norfolk's ailing hospital to be replaced.
Parts of the roof have had to be supported by steel props at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.
But the QEH must wait until after November to find out whether it will be given government funding for a new-build some time after 2025.
More than 2,000 people have now signed a petition calling for the hospital's case to be considered now.
Peter Passingham, eastern regional organiser with heath workers' union UNISON, said: “NHS staff go into the job knowing full well there will be a whole range of pressures to face, but worrying about the roof caving in isn’t one of them.
You may also want to watch:
“The trust is working hard to minimise the affect on patients and staff but as the building continues limping past its intended lifetime, it’s inevitable that more operations will be cancelled and more services moved across the county.
“Staff and people across west Norfolk deserve better than this. A new hospital would only cost a fraction more than completely replacing the roof and would provide a modern and safe hospital underneath it that actually meets the needs of the local population.”
- 1 New virus named after Norfolk village
- 2 'Vindicated at last' - Pension compensation on the horizon for WASPI women
- 3 Driving instructor shares terrifying videos of NDR near misses
- 4 Tzolis poised to complete Canaries switch
- 5 No club record bid from City for Armstrong
- 6 City closing in on Werder Bremen striker
- 7 Covid-19 outbreak at hotel 'goes back to Latitude' - but guests not pinged
- 8 'Truly sorry' glamping owner apologises after negative reviews
- 9 Jailed in July: Drug dealing, knife crime and manslaughter
- 10 Man in 30s dies after crash on A12
Helen Maw, the Royal College of Nursing's senior officer for Norfolk, said: “NHS staff and patients deserve a safe environment where the best possible care can be provided. Having a building which is fit for purpose is vital when making sure practices such as infection control are carried out.
“We know that the nursing workforce is already under pressure from staffing shortages and the extra stress of working in challenging conditions will not help support and retain these key staff.
“We would support calls for a new-build hospital for King’s Lynn to help staff provide the effective care that patients deserve in the best possible facilities.
“As we have highlighted in our own Staffing for Safe and Effective Care campaign, having the right number of nursing staff in the right place at the right time is also vital in providing the best service to patients.”
To sign the petition, go online to https://tinyurl.com/7n7z5j67.