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Hopital hit with bill following fire protection failures
Emergency safety work has begun at a number of PFI hospitals after inspectors discovered they had been built without the correct fire protection. The University Hospital Coventry opened just over a decade ago, at a cost of £380 million, but must now undergo round-the-clock renovations in order to ensure the building complies with fire protection laws.

The hospital, which boasts 1,250 beds, is the country’s most expensive private finance initiative project – a scheme which sees private firms fund, build and then maintain public sites for the Government.

There are fears over the safety standards at all PFI hospitals following inspections by fire officials that found a number of locations in Hereford, Peterborough and Carlisle were built without fire-proofing. The trust has begun work right away on these premises, collaborating with the fire service to ensure fire safety standards are met; from increasing rubbish collections to putting on additional patrol.

David Eltringham, chief operating officer at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, said: "We can assure our patients, staff and visitors that we remain vigilant in ensuring fire safety standards are maintained at all times."

Adding that the trust "learned of some potential issues with the infrastructure" which had then prompted the internal investigation.
The investigation found that "in the unlikely event of a fire, the structures to prevent it spreading were not as robust as those specified in the original plan for the building", Mr Eltringham added.
 
To ensure your premises complies with fire safety regulations, email the team at Drax at communications@draxuk.com or call on 0345 459 2300
 
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