A NEW agreement between NHS Lanarkshire and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue service will further improve safety at the health board’s premises.
Both bodies signed a partnership concordat which commits them to more formal ways of working to further reduce the risk of fire.
It is the first time in Scotland that such a formal collaboration has been agreed between a health board and a Scottish Fire and Rescue service and it will result in fire safety being given even more prominence.
Ian Ross, NHS Lanarkshire acting chief executive signed the concordat on behalf of NHS Lanarkshire. He said: “The wellbeing of our staff and patients is our number one priority which means safety is an issue which is regularly addressed.
“With over 100 buildings across 62 sites which we manage and maintain, this concordat formally underpins the already established partnership working we have in place with SF&R.
“It also commits us to further developing this which will help strengthen the safety procedures we already have in place.”
Lewis Ramsey, SF&R assistant chief officer, who signed the agreement on behalf of SF&R, added: “We already have some well established examples of joint working between both organisations which includes quarterly meetings to discuss fire safety compliance and the development of fire investigation and report writing training, which will be rolled out to all NHS Boards.
“We are always looking to improve safety and this concordat does that.”