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NHS trusts swap waste contracts after stockpiling scandal

A supplier to the NHS caught stockpiling human body parts and other dangerous waste has led to 15 NHS trusts transferring their clinical waste contracts to another provider.

Healthcare Environment Services (HES) is now the subject of a criminal investigation by the Environment Agency after levels of untreated clinical waste, including amputated limbs, organs, and body fluids, stored at its facilities rose by up to five times the limit allowed. An estimated 50 trusts have been affected overall.

HES claims the stockpiling occurred as it wasn’t able to incinerate the waste fast enough.

Trusts whose waste was taken to HES’s sites for processing have agreed contracts with a new provider, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.

Health minister Steve Barclay said the 15 trusts terminated the contracts on Sunday, after HES had failed to demonstrate to NHS Improvement that they were operating in line with their contractual regulations.

Posted on: 10/10/2018

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