Gov­ern­ment to pay bill to fix cladding

Evening Times - - NEWS - By STE­WART PATER­SON

Po­lit­i­cal Correspondent THE multi-mil­lion pound bill to re­place Gren­fell-style cladding on a Glas­gow hospi­tal will be picked up by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

The work to re­move and re­place the alu­minium com­pos­ite cladding is es­ti­mated to cost £6mil­lion.

It was dis­cov­ered last year that the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hospi­tal and the Royal Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal had the cladding.

The health board said it has been as­sured the build­ings are safe but the cladding will be re­placed to give ex­tra pub­lic re-as­sur­ance.

Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment min­is­ters have now said the cost will be met from its bud­get and not be a bur­den to the health board re­sources.

It is ex­pected the work will take around one year to com­plete and not dis­rupt the hospi­tal.

The flag­ship hospi­tal, which cost £850m and was com­pleted in 2015, was one of sev­eral pub­lic build­ings found to have the cladding after na­tion­wide in­spec­tions were or­dered.

Lo­cal councils and health boards checked schools, hos­pi­tals and other pub­lic build­ings after the fire at Gren­fell Tower in west Lon­don which killed 71 peo­ple in June last year.

Cladding was found to have been used on the hospi­tal in the south-west of the city.

A spokes­woman for NHS Great- er Glas­gow and Clyde, said: “The board has been given as­sur­ances from the Na­tional Fire Of­fi­cer that the hos­pi­tals are amongst the safest build­ings in the UK in terms of fire en­gi­neer­ing, how­ever the de­ci­sion was taken re­place pan­els to give ex­tra re­as­sur­ance to the pub­lic, our pa­tients and our staff

“The re­place­ment ma­te­ri­als will not change the out­ward ap­pear­ance of the hos­pi­tals and the en­gi­neer­ing process to re­move and re­place them will not re­quire al­ter­ations to the build­ings.

“To en­sure min­i­mal dis­rup­tion, the works will be spread over sev­eral months – ev­ery­thing sched­uled to be com­pleted within 12 months of the build­ing war­rant ap­proval be­ing granted.”

A Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment spokesman con­firmed: “We have agreed to fund these costs and we will be for­mally writ­ing to NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde to con­firm.”

Work on re­plac­ing the cladding at the city hospi­tal will take a year

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