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Hospital faces court order over legionella

2nd October 2012

A hospital in Essex will be taken to court after they were alleged to have failed to stop people being exposed to legionella bacteria.

Bacteria

Basildon Hospital is being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Legionella bacteria causes Legionnaire's disease, which is a type of pneumonia that can be fatal.

Basildon Hospital said it had not had a case of the disease since last year and had spent £3 million to tackle the problem.

The HSE said its case relates to one occurrence of Legionnaire's between February 2004 and December 2010.

Clare Panniker, chief executive of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Trust, said they had brought in a variety of measures in the last ten years in order to clamp down on the bacteria. 

She said: "The trust has not had any cases of Legionnaire's Disease since 2011 and we will continue to work with the HSE and other experts to do all we can to combat Legionella."

"As new chief executive, I will be reviewing the leadership structure to ensure we have the right experience at board level." 

The HSE's case is based on an "alleged breach" of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

This relates to an employer's responsibility to protect the public from "risks to their health or safety".

 

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Article Information

Title: Hospital faces court order over legionella
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 22842
Date Added: 2nd Oct 2012

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