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▪ NHS hospitals on high alert: Prepare for possible evacuation if structural integrity is compromised
NHS England has issued directives to hospitals, advising them to remain prepared for potential evacuations should their structures become compromised because of Raac.
England’s NHS hospitals have been told to be ready for evacuations due to concerns about the safety of buildings made with a specific type of concrete known as Raac. These outdated structures may be at risk of falling apart. The notice, which comes after similar warnings to schools, has sparked a debate about the safety of public buildings.
The NHS has sent out an urgent message to hospitals across England: be prepared to move both staff and patients if there’s a risk of a building collapsing because of a specific type of concrete called Raac, previously popular in construction but now showing its age.