Waste firm de­nies body parts back­log

Western Mail - - UK & WORLD NEWS -

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 said it was un­true that am­pu­tated limbs and other tis­sue were among refuse that built up at its sites.

Mr Pet­ti­grew told the BBC that “anatom­i­cal waste” was al­ways stored se­curely and pri­ori­tised for de­struc­tion. He said a “lack of in­cin­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity” was be­hind the back­log.

Some of its con­tracts have now been ter­mi­nated af­ter the En­vi­ron­ment Agency said on Oc­to­ber 5 that the firm 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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