The company at the heart of the ‘body parts’ clinical waste controversy has closed after losing all its remaining NHS contracts.
Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) ceased operations on 29 December, but said its staff should be able to move to companies that take over the contracts under the Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment Regulations.
HES lost its contracts in England during the autumn after concerns that waste including body parts was being stockpiled. The Government handed the work to Mitie.
The company blamed a lack of incineration capacity but the Environment Agency did not accept this, and said Defra estimated there was a spare 30,000 tonnes of capacity annually in the system. It launched a criminal investigation into HES.
In December HES lost its contracts with NHS Scotland and the company said its banking arrangements were suspended.
Managing director Garry Pettigrew said: “We have tried so hard over the past few months to keep going, but we’ve now reached the position where this is no longer tenable. Regrettably, we have informed staff that we are ceasing operations.”