Bosses of hospital branded a ‘death trap’ face criticism for spending cash on gender-neutral toilets

  • A hospital branded a ‘death trap’ spent public money on gender-neutral toilets
  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn said it was making QEH ‘inclusive’
  • The NHS Trust in Norfolk came under fire for putting ‘ideology over practicality’

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A crumbling hospital described as a ‘death trap’ came under fire yesterday for spending public money on gender-neutral toilets.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust in Norfolk posted photos of the facilities on Twitter with symbols showing a silhouetted character in trousers and a skirt and the word ‘Inclusive’.

Underneath the pictures, it wrote: ‘We are pleased to announce the first of many gender-neutral toilets have been installed… these toilets are a vital part in making QEH a more inclusive workplace and healthcare provider.’

But the self-congratulation triggered an angry backlash. Kellie-Jay Keen, founder of Standing for Women, accused the trust of putting ‘ideology over practicality’.

A crumbling hospital described as a ‘death trap’ came under fire yesterday for spending public money on gender-neutral toilets

The hospital has around 2,500 props holding up the roof, with worried patients hearing ‘creaking’ and ‘cracking’ sounds at night. T

he noises are caused by bubbles bursting inside decaying lightweight concrete used to build the hospital in 1980 – it was meant to last only 30 years. 

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King¿s Lynn posted photos of the facilities on Twitter with symbols showing a silhouetted character in trousers and a skirt and the word ¿Inclusive¿ The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King¿s Lynn posted photos of the facilities on Twitter with symbols showing a silhouetted character in trousers and a skirt and the word ¿Inclusive¿

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn posted photos of the facilities on Twitter with symbols showing a silhouetted character in trousers and a skirt and the word ‘Inclusive’

Buckets are placed under leaks, while an intensive care ward had to be evacuated in 2021.

Matron Phulmattie Mohan said last year: ‘The words that one of our patients used is that they were lying under a death trap.’

A trust spokesman said it was applying for funding to build a new hospital.

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