Anger at hos­pi­tal’s £52,000 bill for van­dal­ism

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NHS bosses have ex­pressed their frus­tra­tion at re­peated episodes of van­dal­ism at Ac­cring­ton Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal which have cost them more than £50,000.

Hos­pi­tal chiefs said the iconic and much loved build­ing, on Hay­wood Road, is be­ing tar­geted by thieves who have stolen lead flash­ings from the roof. They have dis­placed stonework and caused struc­tural dam­age.

This year the trust has spent around £35,000 to re­pair ma­li­cious dam­age plus a fur­ther £17,000 out­lay on ex­tra se­cu­rity, di­vert­ing scarce re­sources away from pa­tient care.

East Lan­cashire Hos­pi­tals NHS Trust, which runs the hos­pi­tal, de­scribed the in­ci­dents of van­dal­ism as ‘in­cred­i­bly an­noy­ing’.

In a state­ment, they said: “Not only are they putting them­selves at risk, but they are threat­en­ing the safety of pa­tients, staff, vis­i­tors and in­deed, ser­vices.”

John Ban­nis­ter, direc­tor of op­er­a­tions, said: “It is in­cred­i­bly an­noy­ing hav­ing to deal with this is­sue again, and again.

“Ev­ery­one val­ues the NHS but this mind­less mi­nor­ity are not only steal­ing from the NHS – i.e. from you – but they are wast­ing fur­ther re­sources in us hav­ing to pay to put their dam­age right and make the build­ing safe. We’d ap­peal to our neigh­bours here in Ac­cring­ton to keep an eye out, and if they see any­thing sus­pi­cious, call the po­lice.”

Ac­cring­ton Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal. Pic: Google

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