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EXCLUSIVE: Hospital caught up in Blue Mountains asbestos scandal

A public hospital is the latest site caught up in the Blue Mountains asbestos scandal.

A report reveals serious asbestos fears still exist at the Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital, despite first being identified 20 years ago.

Priority one, disintegrating asbestos has been found in the women’s and children’s ward, the child assessment and development unit and medical imaging among other locations.

It comes as Safe Work NSW launches a full investigation into asbestos cover-ups by the Blue Mountains City Council, with 17 improvement notices and four prohibition notices issued so far

Better Regulation Minister Matt Kean tells Ray, “the situation is nothing short of a disgrace”.

“The whole thing up there seems absolutely shambolic. No-one at council seem to have any idea what their responsibilities are or what actually is going on.

“I’ve ordered that Safe Work commence a full investigation into the asbestos management practices of Blue Mountains City Council.

“And let me tell you this Ray, if there is a breach of the law here, I think that’s very strong grounds to take further steps.”

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