King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been put on ‘special measures’ and the trust chairman has resigned.

NHS officials will be brought in to oversee the running of the hospital which came in for criticism from both the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Monitor, which governs hospital trusts.

Kate Gordon, chairman of the hospital’s trust, is resigning from her role and has written to MPs Henry Bellingham, Elizabeth Truss and Stephen Barclay whose constituents are all served by the QEH.

Chief executive Patricia Wright is also leaving the hospital which was ordered to take action to improve in nine separate areas by the CQC after an inspection in August.

An NHS review and recovery plan for the hospital is still due to be published.