Scan­dal-hit waste firm with­draws NHS ser­vices

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A DIS­POSAL com­pany fac­ing a probe over a pile-up of waste from the health ser­vice has said it has had to with­draw its ser­vices due to cash-flow is­sues.

Health­care En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices (HES) lost 17 con­tracts with NHS trusts in Eng­land and has now been in­formed it will lose its NHS Scot­land con­tract in April, with a crim­i­nal in­quiry launched into a build-up of waste at some of its de­pots.

It has since de­nied claims hu­man body parts were among items caught up in a back­log at its sites. Yesterday, the firm – based in Shotts, La­nark­shire, which has re­spon­si­bil­ity for dis­pos­ing of clin­i­cal waste from hospi­tals, GPS surg­eries, den­tal prac­tices and phar­ma­cies in Scot­land – said its bank­ing fa­cil­i­ties had been cut off, mean­ing it can­not op­er­ate.

An HES spokesman con­firmed that they had not col­lected any waste from NHS Scot­land sites yesterday be­cause of the com­pany’s fi­nan­cial problems. He told the BBC: “We are wait­ing to hear from the NHS. We have had no con­tact with them.”

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