According to BBC London the number of people who could contract cancer from asbestos poisoning in London's hospitals is a ticking time bomb.

94% of London hospitals contain asbestos

BBC London has just revealed that 94% of London hospitals contain asbestos, causing the recent deaths of a number of doctors and nurses from the asbestos killer disease mesothelioma.

We imagine a similar percentage of Kent’s hospitals are also infused with asbestos. Most of our hospitals (and other public buildings) were built in the decades after the war when asbestos was heavily used as a “magic mineral” for its insulation and fire protection.

Unfortunately as this deadly material now starts to fall apart it risks exposing ordinary NHS staff (or even patients). Mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases was once the preserve of people like factory workers making asbestos products or tradesmen installing or removing them.

Sadly, decades later it’s also dedicated public servants like doctors and nurses and teachers that are increasingly at risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases. Some have described this risk as “like a ticking time bomb”.

Read the full story on the BBC website.

Jeremy Horton specialises in mesothelioma and other asbestos disease compensation claims. If you would like to ask Jeremy a question about an asbestos disease claim please contact him for free advice on 01622 680415 or at

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