For too long the NHS Executive has been in ignorance of this intolerable situation. The level of complacency over implementing the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act in hospitals is breathtaking.
It is scandalous that the NHS Executive is not accountable in law for the implementation of every aspect of health and safety legislation throughout the NHS. In view of the appalling situation exposed by the Public Accounts Committee, it is surely now time to identify a member of the NHS Executive who would become ultimately accountable for breaches of statute.
Dr Joseph L Kearns
Occupation Health Committee
British Medical Association