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NHS trusts ordered to check buildings after Grenfell tragedy

29/06/2017

NHS trusts are urgently checking their buildings for potentially combustible cladding in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

More than 17,000 private care homes and private hospital across the country have also been ordered to carry out safety checks.

A letter sent on Monday 19 June told estates and facilities staff to provide details of any cladding on buildings and fire improvement schemes and respond the next day.

The letter from NHS Improvement said: 'Following the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower in London last week we are seeking to ensure all estates directors in NHS trusts have the best possible advice as soon as possible for any precautionary measures they may need to take with their buildings.

'I would also be grateful if you could urgently provide us with some essential information so we can make an assessment of where best to target our advice and support.

We do need to take all reasonable precautionary measures and be ready to rapidly implement any recommendations that come from the findings of the ongoing investigations.'

The information requested included the type of cladding used on trust buildings, the name of the contractor who carried out the work, the number of storeys, whether the buildings has inpatient facilities and if a risk assessment had been carried out in the last 12 months.

Fire chiefs told The Telegraph this week that 38 NHS sites had so far been identified as having similar characteristics as the Grenfell site.

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