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HES clinical waste firm closed after contract losses

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.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • There needs to be a Public Enquiry regarding HES.

    Were they a victim of commercial collusion?
    Did the authorities overreact?
    Why were new contracts awarded to contractors that lacked experience in collecting healthcare waste?
    How much extra is the NHS now paying for healthcare waste collections?
    Has the heathcare waste industry substantially raised its charges/gate fees to take advantage of the situation?

    There are some very interesting points made on HES's website that must be investigated.

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