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Hospital warning over pen orders
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn
Hospital managers need to save 580,000 a month
Workers at a hospital in Norfolk are being told to stop ordering stationery to help save money.

A newsletter for Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, Norfolk, told staff new pens and pencil orders could only be considered as a last resort.

The hospital said the stationery order restrictions would be in place until at least the end of the financial year.

A spokesman for the hospital said that managers must save about 580,000 a month to meet financial targets.

Savings needed

But last month the hospital, which is about 11m in debt, missed its target by 50,000.

According to the hospital spokesman, the deficit was caused by a drop in the number of operations and people requiring emergency treatment, meaning the hospital would receive less funding from the Government.

The spokesman said: "Over the course of the year we have to save 7m.

"As we missed our target last month we have to make some economies as you would do with the normal housekeeping."

He added: "Some people might say it's an act of desperation, but it is just good housekeeping. We have got to make savings."

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