Firm de­nies body parts were in back­log of waste

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A DIS­POSAL com­pany fac­ing a crim­i­nal probe over a pile-up of waste from the NHS has de­nied claims that hu­man body parts were among items caught up in a back­log at its sites.

Garry Pet­ti­grew, manag­ing di­rec­tor of Health­care En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices (HES), which has a base in La­nark­shire, said it was not true that am­pu­tated limbs and other tis­sue were among refuse that built up at its sites.

Mr Pet­ti­grew, said that “anatom­i­cal waste” was al­ways stored se­curely and pri­ori­tised for de­struc­tion.

And he re­peated his claim, made when the is­sue be­came pub­lic last Fri­day, that a “lack of in­cin­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity” was be­hind the prob­lem.

He said: “Ev­ery sin­gle part that peo­ple are re­fer­ring to there is dealt with se­curely, pro­fes­sion­ally, and any anatom­i­cal waste would be stored in fridges and at the same time pri­ori­tised for out­ward bound.”

On Tues­day, health min­is­ter Stephen Bar­clay told MPs more than 3.5 tonnes of hu­man body parts was stock­piled at four sites by HES, which col­lected £31 mil­lion last year to burn waste, but “just 1.1 per cent of this clin­i­cal waste is anatom­i­cal”.

Some of its con­tracts have now been ter­mi­nated af­ter the En­vi­ron­ment Agency said on Oc­to­ber 5 that HES had been found to be in breach of per­mits at four of its six sites in Eng­land which deal with clin­i­cal waste and a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched.

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