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Friday 14th
posted by Steve Sweeney in Britain

ANOTHER two NHS buildings have failed fire safety tests that were ordered after the Grenfell Tower tragedy, it was revealed yesterday.

Fears of a similar disaster in the NHS estate continue to grow as it faces a staggering £5 billion maintenance backlog which campaigners warn is putting lives at risk.

NHS work and repairs deemed to be “high risk” rocketed by a staggering 69 per cent last year, statistics showed.

According to NHS Estates, “high risk maintenance” is classed as that which “must be addressed with urgent priority in order to prevent catastrophic failure, major disruption to clinical services or deficiencies in safety liable to cause serious injury and/or prosecution.”

Health bosses asked all NHS trusts to carry out urgent safety checks following the Grenfell blaze, which killed at least 80 people last month.

NHS Improvements identified 38 organisations that needed further tests to see if their cladding was similar to that used on the west London tower block.

Five have since provided samples that failed combustibility testing on aluminium composite material, used as cladding on some buildings.

The latest organisations to fail the tests were Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery at University College London NHS Foundation Trust.

Earlier this month Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust began removing cladding from one of its buildings after a negative safety result.

And in London the North Middlesex Hospital and King’s College Hospital removed cladding after failing safety tests.

The trusts reassured patients, staff and visitors that safety is a priority and they were working closely with the fire service and authorities.

A spokesman for NHS Improvement said they would “make sure the NHS is supported to carry out the urgent fire safety checks required.”