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NHS Trust pleads guilty to breaching Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

13 December 2017

Royal United Hospitals (Bath) NHS Foundation Trust has today pleaded guilty to a charge under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, at Bath Magistrates’ Court.

This follows a HSE investigation into how Royal United Hospitals Bath managed the risks to patients from legionella bacteria in its hot and cold water systems, between 1 July 2009 and 28 August 2015. The defendant will be sentenced at a later date.

A HSE spokesperson said: “We acknowledge the defendant’s guilty plea and a further statement will be released on sentence.”

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