Clin­i­cal waste shame pho­tos posted on­line

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - NEWS - By John Paul Bres­lin [email protected]

Images show­ing bags of clin­i­cal waste piled up at three health cen­tres in Scot­land have been posted on so­cial me­dia.

The pic­tures – said to be from Coat­bridge, Kil­syth and Cum­ber­nauld – showed bags of waste on top of large waste con­tain­ers.

The images have emerged after the col­lapse of the firm Health­care En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices, which pre­vi­ously pro­cessed clin­i­cal waste across Scot­land.

NHS La­nark­shire said the waste had since been re­moved and posed no risk.

Fol­low­ing the col­lapse of HES in De­cem­ber, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment said con­tin­gency plans would en­sure the con­tin­ued safe dis­posal of clin­i­cal waste.

NHS National Ser­vices Scot­land also said “ap­pro­pri­ate con­tin­gency mea­sures” were in place to process the waste after HES lost its ser­vice con­tract.

How­ever, a for­mer HES worker, who asked not be named, re­port­edly said:

“The firms who have taken over the col­lec­tions are work­ing flat out, but there is weeks and weeks of waste backed up.”

The images, re­port­edly taken this week, have since been re­moved from so­cial me­dia.

Images said to show piles of waste in Scot­land

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