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No To NHS Cuts In Norfolk And Suffolk

Thursday, November 21, 2013

GMB Steps Up Campaign To Defend Parts Of The Health Service Facing Cuts In Norfolk And Suffolk

Kings Lynn patients face being sent for treatment in either Norwich or Peterborough if services are downgraded in a move which could have life-threatening consequences says GMB.

GMB, the union for staff in the NHS, is taking action to help defend the health service facing cuts in Norfolk.

GMB will take part in a lobby over the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Kings Lynn that has recently been taken into 'special measures' and is facing further funding cuts and is under threat.

Details of the lobby on QEH at the West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are as follows:

9.30 A.M. ON

THURSDAY 28TH NOVEMBER

BOROUGH COUNCIL

CHAPEL STREET

KING'S LYNN

NORFOLK

PE30 1EX

GMB also plans to join with the Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk in their call for action to improve community support and address the shortage of acute psychiatric beds at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT).

This mental health Trust is facing budget cuts of 20% by 2016. It has put forward plans to cut up to 20% of inpatient beds to make ends meet.

GMB plan to attend the launch of the Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk which take place from 7pm Monday, 25th November 25, at the Vauxhall Centre

in Johnson Place, Norwich.

Steve Sweeney, GMB Organiser, said “These are worrying times for people depending on the NHS in this area.

The recently released Keogh Report which sets out a vision for a Two-Tier emergency system, including the reduction of local A&E departments has worrying implications both for the future of the NHS and for hospitals such as the QEH in King's Lynn.

Patients face being sent for treatment in either Norwich or Peterborough if services are downgraded, a move which could have life-threatening consequences.

GMB are further concerned that the Tory policy of starving the NHS of finances will lead to the potential privatisation of services, and the Trust has already indicated that it could take advantage of 'the evolving private sector market'.

There are worrying developments at the QEH in King's Lynn and local GMB members and officials are concerned for it’s future.

Inadequate staffing levels and poor financial performance have been cited as the issues facing the hospital. Current government policy is only making the situation worse. Forcing further financial cuts will be pouring petrol on the fire.

No one should forget that amid all the negative stories, patients needing critical care are twice as likely to survive as anywhere else in the country. Maternity care is also among the safest in the entire NHS.

GMB is seeking assurances over the future of QEH both in terms of its A&E, emergency and other services.

GMB is also seriously concerned about cuts in mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk and we are urging the public to support the Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk to be launched next week. ”

Ends

Contact: Steve Sweeney, GMB Organiser on 07703 469403 or Warren Kenny, GMB senior Organiser on 07843 632394 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823 or 07921

Notes to Editors

Papers for the meeting can be found here - http://www.westnorfolkccg.nhs.uk/governing-body/meeting-dates
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