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Clinical waste ‘backlog’ pictured at North Lanarkshire health centres

Image caption The waste was piled on top of containers at health centres in Coatbridge, Kilsyth and Cumbernauld Photographs showing bags of clinical waste piled at three health centres in North Lanarkshire have been posted on social media. The images – from Coatbridge, Kilsyth and Cumbernauld – showed bags of waste on top of large waste containers. It comes after the collapse of the firm Healthcare Environmental Services (HES), which had previously processed clinical waste across Scotland. NHS Lanarkshire said the waste had since been removed and posed no risk.…

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NHS waste backlog: What are the rules on disposal?

Image copyright Getty Images It’s emerged that a private company contracted by the NHS has been allowing medical waste to build up at its disposal sites. Healthcare Environment Services (HES) collects around 584 tonnes of “incineration-only” waste and 1,972 tonnes of non-hazardous waste per month from trusts, according to the Health Service Journal. A small proportion of this will be “anatomical waste” – actual body parts – which is kept in secure refrigerated units. The rest will be made up of waste, including discarded blood and used medical supplies (needles,…

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NHS waste backlog: Criminal probe over body parts ‘pile up’

Image copyright Getty Images A criminal investigation has been launched after a backlog of medical waste including body parts was allowed to build up at six UK disposal sites. It emerged on Thursday that the waste from hospitals had not been disposed of in a timely fashion by contractor Healthcare Environmental Services. The Environment Agency said the firm was in breach of permits. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is monitoring two sites where enforcement notices have been issued. The UK government’s department of health said there was no risk to…

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Human body parts ‘pile up’ in NHS waste backlog

Image copyright Getty Images Hundreds of tonnes of human body parts and medical waste is piling up after a disposal company working for the NHS has struggled to incinerate it. The government confirmed the waste had not been properly disposed of by Healthcare Environmental Services. A spokeswoman said there was no risk to the public, but the waste material had not been incinerated in a timely fashion. The anatomical waste is stored on sites in secure and refrigerated containers. The contractor removes the waste from a significant number, but not…

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