The issue of asbestos in Scotland's hospitals and GP surgeries is one that needs addressing, say critics. With reports suggesting that underfunded NHS trusts at risk of being unable to manage the maintenance of asbestos-containing premises.
Even health secretary Jeremy Hunt has conceded that the British government needs to do more over the coming years, stating that there is, in particular, "a problem" with doctor's surgeries across the UK.
While attending a health committee meeting Hunt also made reference to the 75% of the £1 billion Primary Care Infrastructure Fund that remains unspent; this, he said could "accelerate improvements in GP premises".
However, a recent British Property Federation (BPF) report said that it would take a full £5 billion adequate upgrade GP premises across the country.
"It is estimated that half of all surgeries have asbestos, and that four out of 10 GPs in England and Scotland feel their premises are not fit for purpose – around 4,000 properties," stated the report.
Industrial disease lawyers believe that as more and more health workers and infrastructure employees seek compensation following diagnoses of asbestos-related diseases, it appears that the need for action is becoming more urgent to prevent further cases of mesothelioma and other illnesses in the future.
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