I know just how important our NHS services are in Norwich. We all value the hard work of NHS staff and I was pleased to discover recently some performance data about the N&N (Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) which I thought I'd share with you:
There are now 154 more hospital doctors and 164 more nurses than there were in 2010. The Secretary of State for Health has made recruitment a priority within the NHS and having more staff means that more people can receive the attention they deserve.
It also means more procedures can be carried out. In 2016/17 there were 139,153 operations carried out – an increase of 28,400 on 2009/10. In addition, in the same period 214,126 diagnostic tests were carried out compared to 121,036. This is an increase of 93,090, which is news that everyone at the trust should be proud of.
Whilst there is undeniably work to be done to improve the CQC rating for the trust, we shouldn’t forget that 90% of GP surgeries in the NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group were rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ in May 2017.
In addition, over the next three years, Norfolk Local Authority could receive £36.4 million to assist with the demand placed on our social care services locally. This money will be used to relieve the pressure and provide dignified care for those who need our assistance.