MPs this week met with health secretary Sajid Javid to press the case for a new hospital.
MPs supporting the campaign for King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital to be selected as one of the eight new hospitals to be built by 2030, highlighted the condition of the Gayton Road hospital, which has outlived its 30-year lifespan by more than a decade.
The 42-year-old hospital has more than 200 props holding up parts of the cracking roof and they pointed out 80 per cent of the estate is covered in deficient Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) planks.
North West Norfolk MP James Wild was joined by Jerome Mayhew and Duncan Baker in a meeting with Mr Javid at Westminster on Monday.
They are among the MPs pushing for a new hospital and said they set out the “compelling case” for QEH to be selected as part of the government’s hospital programme.
The MPs set out the ongoing risk to patient and staff safety and gave their “strong support” for proposals put forward by the QEH for a single-phase new build to “transform local health care, integrating primary, community, mental health, acute, social care and third sectors in a health and wellbeing village”.
Mr Wild said be pointed out community backing for a new hospital and backing from patients and staff. More than 15,500 people have signed an online petition calling for the hospital to be made a priority.
Mr Wild also highlighted support from Norfolk county and West Norfolk borough councils and other organisations.
He presented the health secretary with petitions handed to him last month when he met campaigners.
Speaking after the meeting he said: “This was an important opportunity to make the strong case for QEH to be one of the new hospitals the government has committed to building by 2030.
“We impressed on the health secretary the urgent need to replace the ageing buildings which have more than 200 props supporting the decaying roof with a modern hospital fit for the future.
“This was a positive meeting with the health secretary ahead of decisions on the next phase of the process and he recognised the level of support for a new hospital.”
There is a two-stage selection process for the new hospitals building programme which began with the expressions of interest phase.
Decisions on whether QEH has been selected to proceed to the next stage of the assessment process are expected early this year ahead of a final decision, Mr Wild added.