Asbestos in Grenfell Tower disaster is risk for survivors

Last Updated on 18th September 2019 by

Survivors are warned health is at risk due to asbestos in Grenfell tower fire

A Coroner has revealed her concerns for emergency workers and survivors after asbestos in Grenfell tower fire put their health at risk.

Dr Fiona Wilcox fears that as a result of the Grenfell disaster, men, women and children will have been exposed to the toxic fumes, including asbestos.

She has therefore written a letter to the NHS Chief Executive urging the NHS to do something about this.

Dr Wilcox has suggested they set up a screening programme for the people that were exposed on the day.

72 people were killed in the Grenfell fire disaster, and the doctor says the effects on survivors could be wide ranging.

Although she doesn’t think anyone living nearby to the site will be at risk.

The letter details the Coroner’s concern for survivors of the disaster, especially for the health of children.

The Doctor’s main concern though was being told that there was no current physical health screening programme in place for the survivors.

The NHS have promised to respond to the Coroner’s letter within 56 days.

Asbestos in Grenfell Tower - fears for survivors who were exposed to fumes

Grenfall tower was known to contain the hazardous substance

Grenfell Tower was known to contain asbestos amongst other harmful substances.

It’s a known fact that firefighters involved in the 9/11 twin towers disaster have suffered with health problems ever since because of the harmful fumes, asbestos and dust they inhaled.

However, according to air quality tests performed by Public Health England on the area around Grenfell Tower, there is low risk of air pollution, and no traces of asbestos.

A report on the air testing conducted said that small amounts of asbestos fibres will have been dispersed within the smoke plume, but posed no significant risk to health.

Grenfell United Campaign group are in full support of Dr Wilcox’s letter.

A member of the group said, “The NHS are just about to start some screenings, we need to make sure this is the start of the long-term health care for survivors now and for years to come.”

Source of article:-  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45603418


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