A report into the troubled Queen Elizabeth hospital in Kings Lynn by the Care Quality Commission has been published and shows that the hospital A&E department “did not always keep people safe”, speaks of a “breakdown in the relationship between consultants and midwives and between senior leaders within the service” and highlights a problem of staff turnover, sickness and vacancy rates.
Following the publication of the CQC report Labour Euro MP Alex Mayer said:
“It’s a sad day for Kings Lynn and surrounding area. The is very concerning for patients and it is vital that the hospital gets back on track. I know the hardworking doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals absolutely want the best for their hospital so it is vital they are given the tools and support to do their jobs.
“Safety is a priority but dignity matters too and it’s deeply worrying that the report highlights how basic food, drink and toileting were not met needs promptly.
“The report highlights insufficient staff numbers and a reliance on agency nurses which I fear could get even worse as Brexit looms. 10 per cent of the NHS European nurse workforce already quit last year.
“The truth is that this is an NHS and care crisis made in Downing Street, not locally. The Birthday cash announced by the government is just a sticking plaster solution and does not undo years of underfunding. Meanwhile the social care crisis continues to be at the root of many problems in our NHS.”