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All staff of HES have now been advised they’ve been made redundant

The agency on the centre of a row over stockpiled hospital waste has confirmed it has ceased operations.

In its first public assertion, Healthcare Environmental Companies (HES) stated all 400 workers had been now redundant.

About 150 staff at its North Lanarkshire headquarters were given redundancy letters on Thursday.

HES misplaced its contracts with NHS Scotland and 17 NHS trusts in England after it was discovered to be stockpiling medical waste.

It’s understood that HES staff haven’t obtained wages that had been due on Friday. In a textual content message to workers on Christmas Eve it claimed the financial institution wouldn’t launch the funds.

The agency has additionally stated it can’t pay out redundancy cash – and that funds must be claimed by the Redundancy Cost Service, a UK-wide scheme for workers of bancrupt firms.

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Redundancy notices had been handed to workers throughout conferences on Thursday morning

HES has blamed a UK-wide scarcity of excessive temperature incineration amenities for the issues that led to its demise – a declare denied by the UK authorities.

In a press release, HES managing director Garry Pettigrew stated: “We now have tried so arduous over the previous couple of months to maintain going however we have now reached the place the place that is now not tenable.

“Regrettably, we’ve got knowledgeable workers that we’re ceasing operations.”

The corporate’s essential plant is at Shotts, in North Lanarkshire, nevertheless it has 10 regional centres throughout the UK.

Mr Pettigrew stated he believed Switch of Undertakings Safety of Employment (TUPE) laws ought to apply, which might enable workers to switch to a brand new employer on the identical phrases and situations.

Nonetheless, it was not instantly clear if this was the case.

In Scotland, the NHS is now coping with medical waste underneath contingency plans till a brand new contract begins in April.

In England Mitie has taken over some well being service contracts beforehand held by HES.

Mr Pettigrew stated: “We consider that TUPE applies right here and we hope that the workers may have the chance to switch to the brand new contractors appointed by NHS Nationwide Companies Scotland.

“The contracts in England additionally fall inside TUPE and Mitie and the opposite appointed contractors ought to enable this course of to be carried out instantly to safe workers and buyer providers.”

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Workers have raised considerations a couple of construct up of waste on the Shotts facility

HES staff have claimed that enormous portions of waste have constructed up on the Shotts depot.

The Scottish Atmosphere Safety Company (Sepa) stated it was monitoring situations at Shotts and on the agency’s different Scottish website in Dundee.

Sepa issued enforcement notices on 12 September and 11 December, and on Friday stated it was investigating whether or not prison offences had been dedicated.

The Scottish authorities stated it was working carefully with Sepa and Nationwide Companies Scotland to make sure waste assortment and disposal providers had been maintained.

A spokesperson added: “The contingency plans embody the supply of waste administration providers till the brand new nationwide healthcare waste administration contract commences on 1 April 2019.”