A recently constructed multi-story hospital building in a bushfire zone has been assessed as having high-risk flammable cladding.
Staff at the Sydney Adventist Hospital in northern Sydney have been informed that Clark Tower, part of the hospital complex, contains the high risk cladding.
Despite the State Government and the hospital being aware of the dangers for months, if not longer. Staff and patients at the hospital were first notified of the danger this week.
The Sydney Adventist Hospital is located in a bushfire prone area. The NSW fire service advises that buildings in these areas must have upgraded bush fire protection measures.
Greens MP David Shoebridge David Shoebridge said:
“It’s been over two years since the Grenfell fire disaster and there are still public buildings with high-risk cladding and no funding to fix the crisis.
“It’s not just the obvious dangers of having a major hospital building with flammable cladding, it’s the fact that no one told the patients or staff about the risk.
“The hospital’s response to the cladding raises as many questions as it answers, with staff being required to undertake on-line training about the fire danger rather than focusing on immediate removal of the dangers.
“The dangers of flammable external cladding in a fire prone part of Sydney are so obvious and so alarming that surely staff and patients had a right to know about it from the outset.
“This government’s continuing policy of secrecy means there is no public register of the buildings at risk from flammable cladding. In this case that has left patients and staff less safe.
“The Greens are calling on the Minister to immediately publish the register of buildings at risk from flammable cladding so that residents, staff and visitors are given the information they need to make safe choices,” Mr Shoebridge said.