Firm denies body parts were in backlog of waste
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.