Lawyers representing Legionnaires' victims call for public inquiry after Croydon cases
Lawyers representing victims of major Legionnaires' outbreaks in Stoke-on-Trent and Edinburgh have repeated calls for a Public Inquiry, following the recent outbreak in Croydon.
Four people are being treated at Croydon University Hospital for the lung infection, that can prove fatal in some cases. Public Health England, Croydon Council and Croydon Health Services are undertaking a joint investigation into the disease.
Lawyers at Irwin Mitchell already represent more than 35 victims from the fatal Legionnaires outbreak in Edinburgh last year, including families of four people who died in addition to 16 others who suffered illness after a similar outbreak in Stoke-on-Trent.
Clive Garner, Head of Group Actions at Irwin Mitchell, said: "In the light of these latest cases of Legionnaires disease in Croydon, we are reiterating our calls for a Public Inquiry to be held to investigate all aspects of the management of the recent outbreaks, as well as to review the procedures, processes and training in place to ensure that legionella bacteria is effectively managed."
Mr Garner said the four cases of the disease in Croydon, brought the number of people affected in 2013 to over 100.
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