Essex hospital fined £350,000

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been ordered to pay fines and costs of £350,000 for failing to ensure the safety of its patients.

Hospital fined for 'failing to protect patients'

A hospital has been forced to pay almost £400,000 for failings that led to patients contracting legionnaires' disease. Two men died, and 6 other patients were infected, during the outbreak at Basildon Hospital.

A judge today fined the hospital trust and blamed managers for putting the public at risk. Serena Sandhu reports.

Hospital trust 'confident' in tackling known risks

We need to ensure our patients are cared for in a safe environment where they do not come to any harm.

Tackling and managing known risks to hospital environments such as Legionella is part of this and I am confident, as are our health partners and the Health and Safety Executive, that we are doing this.

We continue to invest significantly in upgrading and managing our water systems to minimise the risks of any patients contracting Legionnaires Disease in the future.

– Clare Panniker, Chief Executive, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust

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Hospital apologies after being hit with legionella fine

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust would again like to send its condolences and apologies to patients who contracted Legionnaires Disease while receiving care at Basildon University Hospital.

The Trust accepts the fine imposed today following prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive.

There have been no cases of Legionnaires Disease at the Trust since 2011 and we continue to work with the Health and Safety Executive, supporting agencies and experts, to do all we can to combat Legionella.

– Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Essex hospital fined £350,000 over legionella outbreak

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been ordered to pay fines and costs of £350,000 for failing to ensure the safety of its patients.

Basildon University Hospital
Basildon University Hospital Credit: Press Association

Basildon Hospital admitted failing to protect patients and visitors between 2006 and 2007. 74-year-old James Compton and 54-year-old Raymond Cackett died after contracting Legionnaires' disease. Six others were infected by the chronic legionella outbreak.

Basildon Hospital faces hefty legionella fine

An Essex hospital which failed patients in a chronic legionella infestation is due to discover the size of the fine it will face.

Basildon University Hospital
Basildon University Hospital Credit: PA Wire

Basildon hospital admitted failings under the Health and Safety at Work Act and bosses will appear at Chelmsford Crown Court for sentencing. Judge David Turner heard the details of the case yesterday and is expected to deliver his final sentencing, likely to be a hefty fine.

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Hospital trust apologises for health and safety breaches

The sentencing of an Essex hospital trust over health and safety breaches has been deferred until tomorrow.

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Trust had previously pleaded guilty to failing to protect patients from the potentially-fatal effects of Legionnaires' disease.

Two patients at Basildon Hospital were infected and died in 2007 and 2010 and another eight people contracted the disease between 2004 and 2010.

Today, hospital bosses arrived at court ready for the sentencing.

The judge decided to defer his judgement so he could deal with a second case against the trust at the same time.

Serena Sadhu was at Chelmsford Crown Court.

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Sentencing over Basildon health and safety breaches is deferred

The sentencing of an Essex hospital trust over health and safety breaches has been deferred until tomorrow.

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Trust had previously pleaded guilty to failing to protect patients from the potentially-fatal effects of Legionnaires' disease.

Two patients at Basildon Hospital were infected and died in 2007 and 2010 and another eight people contracted the disease between 2004 and 2010.

The court heard the hospital cut spending on chemical treatment of the water system in 2006 in an "inappropriate cost-saving measure".

Bosses arrived at Chelmsford Crown Court today for sentencing but the judge decided to defer sentencing until tomorrow so he could deal with a second case against the trust at the same time.

The trust apologised and said significant improvements had now been made.

Hospital trust due to be sentenced over safety breaches

An Essex hospital trust is due to be sentenced this week for health and safety breaches which led to the deaths of two people from Legionnaires' disease.

The trust could face fines of up to £100,000 when sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court
The trust could face fines of up to £100,000 when sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court Credit: Press Association

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust admitted a series of failures at a hearing at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court in January.