Health trust to sue Heathrow over expansion
from BAA if a third runway at Heathrow goes ahead, leaked documents reveal today.
objected to the proposals for expansion, claiming an increase in activity would
put an undue burden on their resources.
the NHS to push for the compensation as a result of illnesses caused by increased
the death toll and hospital admissions for people with existing heart and respiratory
problems because of airport noise and pollution.
in passengers, it was claimed.
levels and help towards the extra strain on services.
health chiefs amid claims a third runway would seriously damage the well-being
of residents living nearby.
would seek the massive payout should BAA get the go-ahead to increase flights
by up to 50 per cent.
problems as well as lowering life expectancy for those with existing heart and
they would work with Hounslow Council and the NHS to push for compensation from
BAA Heathrow for the increased workload.
health services from the direct effects of the development and from the increased
numbers of airport passengers using the local NHS,” said the trust’s former chief
executive John James. “Should the development proceed we would expect it to be
on condition that the impact on local health and well-being was monitored so additional
remedial action could take place if needed, and the costs from doing so were met
by the airport operators.”
three years to pay off its historic debt, added that BAA could face similar claims
from eight other trusts lying under the flight path.
growth at Heathrow, a full health impact assessment would be conducted as part
of any planning application.
there are improvements to public transport.