Hospital Given £350k Fine After Two People Died From Legionella

Hospital Given £350k Fine After Two People Died From Legionella

Basildon Hospital has been ordered to pay £350000 in fines and costs for failing to ensure the safety of its patients after two patients died from Legionnaire’s disease.
James 74 from Billericay died in 2007 and Raymond Cackett from Ockendon died in 2010 from the disease.
Six other patients; Egbert Van Nuil Lyn Kilshaw Roy Leech Joyce Limbert Francis Nutt and Verona Hughes were also infected with the disease. The court were told that some of them nearly died.
BBC reported that the prosecutor Pascal Bates ‘said the hospital had been battling the disease – a serious lung infection caused by legionella bacteria which is common in the water systems – for up to 15 years.’
The trust received a previous prosecution after 77-year-old George Bates died from Legionnaires’ disease managers took insufficient steps to protect the public the court heard.
Facilities including; shower heads and thermostatic valves had not been cleaned properly and the budget allotted to kill the bacteria was cut. Other measures taken such as “super heating” pipes according to the BBC ‘might have backfired by warming cold pipes causing the bacteria to proliferate.’
The hospital have admitted failings under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
The hospital has “apologised unreservedly”.

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