Petition is successful with 2,999 signatures
To: Mark Davies, CEO, NNUH
Reopen the beds at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
UPDATE - 13/09/16
We won! The hospital released a statement confirming that the beds will re-open!
Please confirm that the beds closures made in August, 2016, are temporary and that they will all be reopened by the end of October.
Why is this important?
68 beds were closed last month, nearly 7% of capacity. Even with all the beds open, the staff at the NNUH struggle daily to admit emergencies. Fewer beds means more people stuck in ambulances outside A&E or lying on trolleys for hours, a terrible experience when you are in need of urgent treatment, especially for the elderly. It also means more cancellations for routine admissions.
The NNUH is in "financial special measures" and the accountants have arrived from London to find ways to make £17.6 million savings by next April, an impossibility without very serious damage to the hospital. The bed closures, which are described as temporary, are meant to save money by avoiding the use of agency nursing staff until this year's nursing graduates are available to take up posts.
This petition is aimed at making sure the management know their actions are being watched and to make it less likely that they will be able to quietly make the cuts permanent. We hope it will make the
the public more aware of what is going on and to object to the slashing and trashing of our NHS.
How it will be delivered
We are going to ask for a meeting with Mark Davies but will start to show our concerns over these cuts by gathering at the Hill, by the big roundabout by the entrance to the NNUH, from 7am to 11am on 15th September. Come at any time between 7 and 11. This is still going ahead.