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Future solutions for King's Lynn hospital 'under active consideration', says Prime Minister

Long-term solutions for the development of Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital are being "actively considered" by the Government, the Prime Minister has said this lunchtime.

The comment was made by Boris Johnson in an answer to the North West Norfolk MP, James Wild, during today's Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons.

The state of the Gayton Road site became a key issue in last year's General Election campaign, when bosses claimed it had suffered from decades of under-investment.

QEH General Views of the outside of the hospital (35995277)
QEH General Views of the outside of the hospital (35995277)

Mr Wild told MPs the hospital, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, had only been meant to last for 30 years and serves around 300,000 across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.

He asked whether Mr Johnson agreed that the "dedication shown by staff in responding to coronavirus deserves to be recognised by including the Queen Elizabeth in our new hospital building programme."

Mr Johnson pointed out the hospital had been given £9 million in funding, which took the form of a loan, for upgrades last October, though some warned it could make the trust's financial position even worse.

James Wild (Con) NW Norfolk MP. Picture: Richard Townshend (32385521)
James Wild (Con) NW Norfolk MP. Picture: Richard Townshend (32385521)

He said the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, would set out which hospitals would be included in the programme in due course.

But he added: "I'm sure he will understand that further long-term solutions are now under active consideration."

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