- Six of the eight hospitals told Insider they had not removed or did not plan to remove ACM cladding, the flammable building material related to the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 72 people in 2017.
- Two other hospitals have not yet dealt with plastic foam insulation or construction defects that compromise fire safety.
- One hospital thinks it complied with safety regulations but “they’ve made a mistake,” a cladding expert told Insider. It “clearly has combustible insulation.”
- The government spent only £2.4 million removing combustible cladding from NHS buildings in a single year.
- The former head of the National Healthcare Fire Officers Association has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to launch an inquiry.
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On the morning of September 16, a Wednesday, a discarded cigarette set fire to a pile of autumn leaves and litter outside the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Glasgow, Scotland. The