Securing a new QEH
In setting out a new approach to the New Hospitals programme, the Health Secretary Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP confirmed the government has accepted the compelling case for QEH to be part of the New Hospitals Programme due to major structural issues caused by concrete planks known as Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) in the buildings. Nearly 80% of QEH’s estate was constructed using RAAC and experts advise the buildings have an end of life of 2030. The commitment today means there will be a new hospital built in time to replace it.
QEH will be added to the largest hospital building programme in generations. The Health Secretary confirmed that over £50 billion has been allocated to the programme. Schemes will be based on the “Hospital 2.0” design approach using Modern Methods of Construction to deliver schemes more efficiently, quickly, and at better value for money.
Since James has been elected as MP, he has campaigned for a new QEH to meet the growing needs of North West Norfolk and the surrounding constituencies. Through a multitude of methods, James has now succeeded in his aim to secure a new QEH for the area. Watch the progression of James' campaign here.