The case for a new hospital for Harlow has been made directly to Health Secretary Matt Hancock today.
The West Suffolk MP looked around the Princess Alexandra Hospital this morning (February 1).
The building has been described as 'not fit for purpose', with 'clinical, operational and financial risks.'
Today, Mr Hancock said he would consider the proposal for a new hospital once the plans hit his desk.
- Click below to watch a report from ITV Anglia's Hannah Pettifer.
In a recent report by the Care Quality Commission, the Princess Alexandra Hospital was described as 'aged and in need of repairs' with 'a backlog of maintenance estimated to be around £50m.
In December the Government allocated the hospital £9m for its A&E department, but the health secretary today acknowledged much more was needed.
But building a hospital costs in the hundreds of millions - and campaigners are still keeping up the pressure.
Once the format of a new hospital is decided upon, consultations are scheduled to begin in May.