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Shoppers queued in Wisbech to support the campaign for a new hospital to replace the ailing Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.

There are currently 200 props holding up the hospital's roof and the state of the building has been assessed to pose a direct risk to life.

At a stall organised by Wisbech, March and District Trades Council nearly 250 postcards were signed to health minister Sajid Javid calling on the government to 'give us a new hospital now' - and local people took away hundreds of campaign leaflets and extra cards for friends and family to sign.

Shoppers in wisbech queued to sign a campaign to get the Queen Elizabeth Hospital rebuilt. (49956019)
Shoppers in wisbech queued to sign a campaign to get the Queen Elizabeth Hospital rebuilt. (49956019)

The QEH was built to last 30 years, it's now 10 years past its sell-by date and it's falling down.

Critically ill patients have had to be moved to other hospitals because of the state of the building. The campaign is calling for money to be allocated for a rebuild as well as for necessary maintenance to ensure continuity of services and the safety of all.

WMDTC secretary Nick Williams said: “There's a great strength of feeling about this and a lot of anxiety that the future of the QEH is clouded by the plight of its failing building.

“People we spoke to had personal stories to tell about how important the hospital has been to them. They know it's a precious asset we can't afford to lose and they were queuing up to back the campaign.”

Shoppers in wisbech queued to sign a campaign to get the Queen Elizabeth Hospital rebuilt. (49956039)
Shoppers in wisbech queued to sign a campaign to get the Queen Elizabeth Hospital rebuilt. (49956039)

The QEH management is lobbying to be one of eight new hospital rebuilds on a list which will be announced later this year. The community campaign is continuing, the trades council stall will return to the Market Place on future dates and leaflets and postcards to send to the health minister are available at town and village post offices and at the Rosmini, Queen Mary and Oasis community centres.

Shoppers in wisbech queued to sign a campaign to get the Queen Elizabeth Hospital rebuilt. (49956043)
Shoppers in wisbech queued to sign a campaign to get the Queen Elizabeth Hospital rebuilt. (49956043)


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