‘Grenfell-type cladding’ on Glasgow hospital to be removed

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‘Grenfell-type cladding’ found on Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital is to be removed.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGCC) said forensic checks, carried out in the wake of the fatal fire in London, had identified a type of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) on parts of the building of a similar type to, but not the same as, Grenfell.

NHSGCC confirmed a decision has been made to remove the panels as a precaution and to ensure the public, patients and staff have “full confidence” in the hospital’s safety.

David McGown, assistant chief officer at Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said, “The Scottish Fire & Rescue Service have reassured Ministers that as part of its regular risk based audit programme, it had carried out fire safety audits within the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, which were found to be satisfactory.”

Cabinet Secretary for Health Shona Robison said, “Patient safety is paramount and that is why further forensic checks are currently taking place across the whole NHS estate in Scotland.

“Following the identification of a type of ACM on the QEUH of a similar type to, but not the same as Grenfell, I am reassured that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have decided that the material should be removed as a precautionary measure.”