Anne Main questions Minister on repercussions for patients from NHS clinical waste scandal

16th October 2018

Following the Government statement on clinical waste incineration across the NHS and the termination of the contract following a huge build-up of untreated clinical waste at Healthcare Environmental Services, Anne Main asks the Minister if any patients had their operations delayed or if members of the public were put at risk.

Can my hon. Friend reassure patients who might be concerned that their operations have been delayed in any way, shape or form by this whole fiasco that at no point were any members of the public put at risk by the treatment or non-treatment of this particular sort of clinical waste?

My hon. Friend is absolutely right to focus on that. The key risk in respect of this supplier was that the NHS’s ability to continue to perform operations would be affected if it could not clear its clinical waste. I am happy to reassure her that all 17 trusts affected have been able to maintain their services, which ultimately is the key issue for patients and our constituents.



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