asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if the design of Bolton's new hospital will be the subject of an inspection following his statement about legionnaire's disease.
The design of Bolton's new hospital accords with the guidance on Legionnaire's disease and hospital water systems contained in DHSS circular HN(80)39 and on cold water supply, storage and mains distribution arrangements in hospital technical memorandum No. 27 (June 1978). This remains the best guidance on reducing the risk of the disease but its adequacy will no doubt be considered by the public inquiry into the present outbreak in Stafford. Any lessons that are eventually learned from the experience at Stafford will be acted on in hospitals throughout the country.