Scandal-hit waste firm withdraws NHS services
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.”