James Wild and former health secretary Matt Hancock on a tour of the QEH on June 18.

North West Norfolk MP James Wild urged ministers to consider a new hospital for King’s Lynn in the House of Commons on Tuesday. 

Speaking at the Department of Health and Social Care questions, Mr Wild called for a new fit for purpose hospital for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) patients, staff, and visitors.

He said that spending hundreds of millions of pounds patching up the QEH, which has 200 safety props holding up the roof, currently did not represent value for money. 

He highlighted the thousands of people who have already signed a new Love West Norfolk petition in support of a new hospital in King’s Lynn. 

The petition has attracted nearly 4,000 signatures since it was launched last week.

In response, the health minister Ed Argar said he recognised the seriousness of the situation at the QEH as reflected in the £20.6 million new capital funding provided this year for the most immediate issues.

He acknowledged the challenges the QEH faces and announced that safety would be one of the considerations used to select the further eight new hospital schemes the government committed to in the spending review.

• South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss has also raised the need for a new hospital with health secretary Sajid Javid. 

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