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Legionnaires Deaths - Hospital Fined

The Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital has been fined £35,000 and £12,862 costs after the death of two patients from legionnaires Disease.

Liverpool Magistrates Court found that unsafe levels of legionella bacteria where found in water supplying showers, baths and sinks in the hospital. It was report by the HSE that the hospital had stopped testing for legionella between may 2006 and February 2007.

Whilst the hospital argued that the patients did not contract the disease from the hospital they pleaded guilty to safety breaches and putting employees and the public at risk.

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