Crumbling concrete fears at host of new hospitals

2023-09-07 11:30:47  • 2 mins

By Nick Triggle

Health correspondent

A host of more hospitals have come forward to report they may have been built using reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac).

The government said it had ordered urgent surveys of tens of the sites and was working quickly to establish the scale of the problem.

The NHS had already identified Raac at 41 sites in England - including seven hospitals with Raac throughout.

Steps have been taken for sometime to manage the risk of collapse.

But the latest hospitals came forward after the government wrote to NHS trusts following news some schools were having to close because of concerns over the lightweight concrete, which has bubbles inside like "a chocolate Aero bar".

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