Pictures exhibiting luggage of scientific waste piled at three well being centres in North Lanarkshire have been posted on social media.
The pictures – from Coatbridge, Kilsyth and Cumbernauld – confirmed luggage of waste on high of enormous waste containers.
It comes after the collapse of the agency Healthcare Environmental Companies (HES), which had beforehand processed scientific waste throughout Scotland.
NHS Lanarkshire stated the waste had since been eliminated and posed no danger.
Following the collapse of HES in December, the Scottish authorities stated contingency plans would guarantee scientific waste continued to be disposed of safely.
‘Waste backed up’
NHS Nationwide Companies Scotland additionally stated “applicable contingency measures” have been in place to course of scientific waste after HES misplaced its service contract.
Nonetheless, one former HES employee, who requested not be named, stated: “The companies who’ve taken over the collections are working flat out, however there’s weeks and weeks of waste backed up.”
The images of the three Lanarkshire websites, reportedly taken this week, appeared on a Fb web page arrange by those that stated they have been involved in regards to the HES state of affairs. The pictures have since been eliminated.
John Paterson, director of property and help providers at NHS Lanarkshire, stated. “The waste at Coatbridge, Kilsyth and Central (in Cumbernauld) Well being Centres was uplifted between 9 and 11 January.
“We’ve an agreed interim course of in place to make sure that scientific waste is uplifted as and when required, whereas the nationwide contract is resolved.
“There was a delay in uplifts being requested with these three centres, however now we have taken steps to keep away from this in future. This was low degree scientific waste that was bagged in accordance with procedures and held in closed-off areas. There was no danger to public well being.”
Applicable protecting tools
A spokesman for the well being board was unable to substantiate precisely how lengthy the waste had been mendacity on the websites.
Shotts-based HES misplaced its contract to supply waste processing providers with NHS England after reviews emerged in October last year that human body parts and other clinical waste was piling up after the corporate struggled to incinerate it.
In December, NHS Scotland introduced that the agency wouldn’t have its contract continued north of the border when it got here up for renewal in April.
Since then the corporate has served a whole lot of redundancy notices and didn’t pay the salaries of 350 employees for December.
In Inverness, four porters at Raigmore Hospital have been injured finishing up work involving scientific waste.
It’s understood porters on the web site have had a larger position in coping with the fabric following the collapse of HES.
A Scottish authorities spokesman stated: “We regard the protection of all NHS staff as paramount.
“The scientific waste contingency preparations just lately launched throughout the nation, have been danger assessed and secure programs of labor recognized, with applicable protecting tools issued and made obtainable to all employees.”