The Health Secretary Sajid Javid says there is a ‘powerful case’ for a new hospital in King’s Lynn.
He made the comments during a debate in Parliament after the Queen’s Speech.
It followed North West Norfolk MP James Wild telling his colleagues there were now 1500 timber and steel roof supports at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital which meant patients and staff were worried and there were concerns about the life of the roof structure.
While welcoming the new endoscopy unit and the West Norfolk Eye Centre, Mr Wild told MPs: “Now is the time to make a decision to build a new hospital for the 300,000 people across Norfolk, Lincolnshire, and Cambridgeshire that QEH serves.
“This is not about having shiny new buildings for their own sake; it is about better health outcomes in some of the most deprived areas in the country that the Government have recognised as a priority for levelling up.
“By committing to this vitally needed hospital, the inevitable requirement for a replacement will become part of a funded programme rather than an unplanned demand on the Treasury requiring emergency funding. That is better value for taxpayers and will deliver the improvements that people in North West Norfolk and beyond deserve.”