Firm de­nies ‘pile-up’ of hu­man body parts

The Scotsman - - Around Scotland - By DAVID WILCOCK

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), said it wasn’t true 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.

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