The statement below clarifies NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) position following a misleading report published in a national newspaper today regarding asbestos.
NHS GREATER GLASGOW AND CLYDE REBUTTAL
Whilst NHSGGC is facing legal action regarding asbestos in one room, a plant room at the Southern General Hospital site, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have advised that no action will be taken against NHSGGC following their investigations into asbestos at the three other sites mentioned in today’s article.
We proactively reported to the HSE the presence of asbestos when it was identified at Clydebank Health Centre, Dykebar Hospital and the Skylark Centre at Inverclyde Royal Hospital. Following their investigations into these cases the HSE have advised that based on the positive steps taken by the health board relating to these issues they will be taking no further action.
It is therefore wholly misleading to suggest that “NHSGGC is facing a raft of prosecutions after patients, staff and visitors were exposed to asbestos in its buildings” as was reported in a national newspaper today.
The HSE have also been supportive of the recent appointment of an NHSGGC Asbestos Manager - a post created to further strengthen our already robust asbestos procedures.
We are fully compliant with all the legislative requirements around asbestos surveillance, management and disposal and are no different to any other organisation responsible for buildings constructed before 1999 when the import, sale and second hand re-use of white asbestos was banned in the UK.
For further information contact NHSGGC Press Office on 0141 201 4429.