South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss has raised the need for a hospital rebuild in King’s Lynn with new health secretary Sajid Javid.
Ms Truss, secretary of state for international trade and minister for women and equalities, visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Lynn’s Gayton Road last Friday.
Hospital bosses showed Ms Truss – the second cabinet minister to visit the site within weeks – the ongoing structural problems.
“I had a really helpful and productive discussion with the leadership team and also met some of the brilliant staff delivering vital health care in West Norfolk,” she said after her visit.
“Obviously our priority is very much to secure a new build hospital in King’s Lynn and I have already raised this directly with the new health secretary.
“Government funding of £2m has been made available to support the ongoing structural concerns, however, we all recognise that a long-term solution needs to be found and I will continue to work with the hospital, fellow MPs and councillors to make the case to Sajid Javid.”
The MP’s visit came a day after a petition was launched by Love West Norfolk ambassador James Bagge in a bid to trigger a parliamentary debate to get funding for a new hospital.
Caroline Shaw, hospital chief executive, said: “I’m really pleased that we were able to welcome the secretary of state for a visit to QEH today to showcase the many improvements to patient and staff experience we have made over the last two years.
“We discussed our improvement journey and how we are investing in our estate and digital infrastructure.
“Key to this is our ambition to bring a new hospital to King’s Lynn and West Norfolk to improve the experience for our patients and staff.”
Professor Steve Barnett, hospital chairman, added: “We are grateful to the secretary of state for making the time to visit QEH.
“The secretary of state listened and shared her views on a range of topics, including the trust’s continued journey of improvement, the trust’s focus on elective recovery and restoration, and how we are proactively addressing our estate challenges while having a longer term ambition to bring a new hospital to King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.”
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