New Audit Taskforce starts with precautionary testing at PA Hospital
Friday 30 June 2017
The State Government has established an Audit Taskforce to conduct a targeted audit with a primary focus on buildings constructed between 1994 to 2004 using aluminium composite cladding, after a possible non-conforming cladding product was found on the Princess Alexandra Hospital at Buranda.
Officers from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Housing and Public Works, and the Queensland Building and Construction Commission inspected the hospital yesterday to take samples for testing.
A short-term action plan has been implemented that includes boosting fire preparedness inside the building and out, and boosting the security presence at the building perimeter.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said Queensland Health would work closely with the QBCC and the QFES to monitor the situation at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
“We are taking every reasonable precaution, including additional security patrols at the hospital, until the results of further testing are known,” he said.
“Our priority as always is the safety of our patients, staff and visitors first and foremost, and then that of our buildings, equipment and property assets.
“People have every reason to be reassured that we are well equipped and well prepared to deal with the situation.
“Depending on the outcome of the testing, we will be guided by expert advice on what further action, if any, may be required.
“In the meantime, it is business as usual for the hospital,” Minister Dick said.