MP calls for action to prevent Legionnaires' Disease
AN MP has urged the Health and Safety Executive to do more to prevent outbreaks of Legionnaires' Disease after two people died in Stoke-on-Trent this summer.
City North Labour politician Joan Walley made her call during a Parliamentary debate on the infection, which killed two people and put a further 19 in hospital. The probable source of the bug was a hot tub which has now been shut down at the JTF Mega Discount Warehouse, in Fenton.
She was assured by Work and Pensions Minister Mark Hoban that a new strategy was being drawn up to cut the risk from the disease. Ms Walley said: "Research shows that in 40 per cent of cases, local authorities were not carrying out proactive inspections.
"Given that local authorities and the HSE have shared responsibility for preventing Legionnaires' Disease, we need a clear statement about the role that the HSE will take to prevent outbreaks such as those that we had in Stoke-on-Trent."
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Mr Hoban replied: "The HSE is taking a proactive stance and issuing guidance ensuring a risk-based approach to inspections, focusing on installations likely to cause the highest risk of legionella."