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S5W-19339: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of it being a Scotland-based company that provides services to NHS boards, what its response is to reports that Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) has been responsible for 350 tonnes of hospital waste from NHS trusts in England, including body parts, being stockpiled at its facilities, and what discussions it has had with the UK Government, Public Health England and NHS officials in England regarding this matter.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 30 October 2018

Authorities in England alerted Scottish Government to issues regarding the company’s management of clinical waste at its sites in England in 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.