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Call to action for Fenland residents by campaigners seeking new hospital funding

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Campaigners seeking funding for a new build of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn are asking Fenland residents to send a postcard to new Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

More than 8,000 postcards addressed to the Health Secretary have now been printed asking for the funding for a new build and for the repairs needed until the new hospital is built.

The group has made postcards, funded by King's Lynn and Wisbech, March and District Trades Union Councils, calling on Mr Javid to build a new hospital after a lack of funding awarded to the current facility available across the area.

King's Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital (47772789)
King's Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital (47772789)

Wisbech Trades Council Secretary Nick Williams explained: “We are asking Fenland residents to pop along to their local post office or community centre to pick up a card and post it to Sajid Javid. All residents have to do is sign the card and stick a stamp on it then put it in the post box.

The cards are addressed to Mr Javid at his House of Commons office so he gets the cards personally. We want him to get the message that Fenland residents want a new hospital and we want it now”

Postcards are available from the Rosmini, Oasis and Queen Mary Community Centres in Wisbech and the following village post offices;- Walpole Highway, Emneth, Outwell, Upwell, Friday Bridge, Elm, Wisbech St Mary, Leverington, Tydd Gote and Sutton Bridge.

Cards are also available from the Codfather Fish and Chip shop in Wisbech St Mary.

Campaigners say that the previous Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, had refused to accept a petition with more than 6,000 signatures and on a recent visit to the hospital he again failed to give an assurance that the funding would be forthcoming.

This is despite Chief Secretary to the Treasury and local MP Stephen Barclay supporting the campaign.

As the cards were printed before Matt Hancock suddenly resigned from his position but when campaigners have completed re- addressing the cards, residents will also be able to pick up cards from a stall in Wisbech Market Place.

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