Date lodged: 5 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government when it was first advised of the reported issues regarding the ability of Healthcare Environment Services Ltd to dispose of human waste from hospitals; what action it has taken, and what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding this.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 29 October 2018
Authorities in England alerted Scottish Government to issues regarding the company’s management of clinical waste at its sites in England on 9 August.
Since then Scottish Government have been working with Scottish Environment Protection Agency(SEPA) and NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) to monitor the situation and have sought assurances with NHS Boards that they have contingency plans in place.
NHS Scotland, working with SEPA , have developed contingency plans which firmly maintain environmental protections. SEPA is clear that compliance is non-negotiable and is robustly monitoring sites in Scotland.
Scottish Government continues to monitor the situation in England and any potential impact on services in Scotland.