NHS chiefs spent £700,000 on hospital helipad which has never been used

22 September 2019 – Metro

NHS chiefs splashed out £700,000 on a hospital helipad which has never been used – because it doesn’t have enough lights or fencing. The state-of-the art helipad was built so that rescue helicopters could carry out night-time take-offs and landings.

The first emergency flights were due to start using the helipad in March 2017, but more than two years later it has still not been used for one flight. Experts have expressed concerns over health and safety, because the helipad does not have enough lights for night-time emergencies and needs adequate fencing.

Installation at the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, was paid for by the Labour-run NHS in Wales.

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