Trust’s asbestos fine will impact on frontline services at our hospitals

Chief executive of West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust Samantha Jones

Chief executive of West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust Samantha Jones

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The West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust has been ordered to pay out almost the equivalent of three ward nurse salaries for its negligence in dealing with asbestos exposure among its workers.

At a hearing in St Albans Crown Court this morning, the Trust which runs Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans hospitals was ordered to pay almost £90,000 in fines and costs as a result of the failings, which took place over an 11-year period to 2011.

The financial penalty comes on top of the £1.6 million spent on safely removing and managing asbestos at one of the Trust’s sites in Watford.

 

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