Shocking new photos from the HES site in Newcastle are on a bare scale of the scandal of the NHS body parts
Shocking new images with mountains of clinical waste stored in a landfill reveal the true scale of the NHS body part scandal.
Tons of fluorescent orange and yellow bags filled with infectious waste were displayed from overflowing bins on the Health Care Environmental Services (HES) basis in Benton, North Tyneside.
Fridges are still full of human heads, torsos, arms and legs of surgical training in the city, according to a whistleblower in the troubled firm – although none of the fridges with body parts are depicted.
The news about the scandal broke in October when HES turned out to have hundreds of tons of clinical waste, including body parts, stored at its locations.
Mountains with clinical waste fill a complete HES warehouse on the site of the Benton company
Yellow bags and tubs filled with infectious waste such as dirty needles spill out of the bins at the site
The company was stripped of its contracts with NHS trusts because a watchdog investigation revealed it did not waste quickly enough.
The images, which have been submitted by the former employee on the Benton site as part of an investigation by The Chronicle, show bins full of infectious waste, dangerous drugs used in the treatment of cancer and dirty needles.
Pallets are stacked on top of each other with waste collected in the previous months and ready to be burned.
HES lost its contracts with NHS Scotland and 17 NHS trusts in England, but denied that it was responsible for storing body parts.
The English and Scottish Health Councils have now canceled their contracts, causing the company to collapse.
An overflowing stack of orange garbage bags filled with clinical waste almost touches the ceiling after being stored by HES
Pallets are stacked on top of each other with waste collected in the previous months and ready to be burned
The photo 's – taken in the course of several months towards the end of 2018 – were delivered by a former employee in Newcastle.
The employee, who said the site has not been released since the collapse of the company, claimed that the Benton site is still full of clinical, pharmaceutical and surgical waste and that flies are attracted by the decaying waste.
They also said that an estimated 60 trash cans for clinical waste are still lying around & # 39; in the depothal.
The site of Benton was found to contain 165 tons of waste, more than three times the permitted limit of 50 tons.
Waste was also stored in trailers on the site's site against regulations.
& # 39; On some days the stench became terrible. Plant agents sometimes came in with the announcement that they could not work because of this, "the employee said.
Former employees say the site is plagued by flies attracted by the rotting smell of the waste
Orange bags filled with potentially contagious waste were in a hallway after they had jumped out of the overflowing bins and
& # 39; Flies gathered about the garbage that started to rot. The waste came in on a regular basis – that was not the problem – but it was stored because it did not end up in an incinerator.
& # 39; HES is paid at the end of the day to throw away the garbage and it is not done yet. & # 39;
The collapse of HES has led to approximately 50 members of staff from the Benton base receiving redundancy notices on 27 December.
The HES site in Benton (photo), North Tyneside, is now in the center of a criminal investigation
All 400 employees – nationwide – at HES received notice of dismissal in December, as a result of which employees appealed to their former employer to pay their lost wages.
About 350 HES employees asked Garry Pettigrew and his wife Alison to pay their salaries for December.
The bosses of the company claim that there were no cash to pay the wages and employees would have to demand legal redundancy from the Redundancy Payment Service.
But the staff claim that they have not received an insolvency reference number that left them without money and in the dark.
Rows of containers full of hospital waste fill the entire warehouse in Benton
The ex-employee claiming staff at the Newcastle site have not been paid since Nov. 28, and some colleagues have been left at £ 3,000 out of pocket.
They added: & # 39; It was as if you were beaten in the face.
& # 39; It would have been a different boiler if it had happened in June or July. Come on New Year's Day, you think of where does the money come from?
& # 39; We want to make sure it is handled throughout the UK. They can not leave and hide. We have to let the staff pay in one way or another. & # 39;
Bins filled with dirty needles – and some with dangerous medicines that are used in the treatment of cancer – are stacked to the ceiling
North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon said: & # 39; The suspension of operations on the HES site is very worrying and my priorities are the safety of the community and the future of employees who have lost their jobs.
It ensures that the Environment Agency actively monitors the site and that the clinical waste is safely and safely stored.
How did the human body unfold part of the scandal?
Here is a timeline of how the human body unloaded scandal unfolded:
The Environment Agency was informed for the first time of the fact that Healthcare Environment Services Ltd had a backlog in the collection of waste, including body parts.
March – October:
Healthcare Environment Services Ltd was hit by a series of warnings and enforcement messages with the fixed deadlines within which the waste must be incinerated by.
The Environment Agency warns government ministers about the problem.
The new health minister Matt Hancock is planning a meeting of emergency COBRA to discuss the scandal.
He reserves £ 1 million to help affected hospitals.
October 4, 2018:
The Environment Agency announced that it found the company in violation of its permits at five of its six locations.
It also says that it starts a criminal investigation into the debacle.
October 12, 2018:
Healthcare Environmental Services & Managing Director, Gary Pettigrew, denied allegations that tons of human limbs and tissues had been built up.
He said that only 1.1 percent of this clinical waste is anatomic & # 39 ;, and that meat was always given priority for destruction.
My office, the North Tyneside Council and the DWP all work together to help the former workers, who are in a state of uncertainty because HES did not act as a company.
I have dealt with the matter directly with the minister concerned to ensure that the state fully fulfills its obligations towards employees and the community.
& I also speak with HES senior management about their ongoing conflict with the Department of Health and the loss of contracts the company incurred last year, potentially leading to the closure of HES sites in the UK including North Tyneside. & # 39;
HES could not be reached for comment.
The troubled company is now faced with a criminal investigation after repeated violation of permits & # 39 ;.
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: Healthcare Environmental Services continues to violate its environmental permits at six locations, including at the handling and transfer station for waste processing at Chollerton Drive, North Tyneside. Our enforcement action to clean up the excess waste continues.
& # 39; We have taken a series of actions against the company, but it has repeatedly violated licenses and continued to operate unlawfully. As a result, in addition to our enforcement activities to erase the sites, we conduct a criminal investigation.
& # 39; Our teams have taken action to attend the sites of the company to ensure that they are locked and not accessible to the public. Our officers conduct regular inspections to check the safety of each site. & # 39; #
It came after the Environment Agency issued an enforcement notice for the HES Newcastle site and ordered the company to dispose of excess waste & # 39; in the facility.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has also launched an investigation to determine whether criminal offenses have been committed on HES sites in Dundee and Shott.
Last year, the Health Service Journal revealed that excess waste including human body parts reached 350 tonnes at the company in Normanton, West Yorkshire, five times more than the company's 70-tonne limit.
Ministers said the Environment Agency informed the central government in July of an issue related to the collection and disposal of clinical waste for hospitals and other public services.
& # 39; A RAMP WAIT TO HAPPEN & # 39 ;, WHISTLEBLOWER SAYS
A former employee this week exposed the shocking practices of bosses in the troubled company in the center of the NHS body part scandal.
Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) allowed hundreds of tons of hospital waste, allegedly including body parts, to accumulate at four of its locations in England.
A whistleblower has told MailOnline that the cost-cutting tactic of the company to do more work and win extra disposal contracts is a recipe for disaster & # 39; used to be.
The anonymous man revealed that he was shocked to discover that HES did not have an incinerator at the location where he worked in Tyneside and had to ship his waste to other competing companies to burn it.
He spent four months at the company before stopping and said that the company – run by a man and a woman – would find the huge amount of waste it would have to process too low by entering into contracts with dozens of NHS trusts.
He told MailOnline: "It was quite clear from the beginning that HES had won the contract with a very low profit margin."
& # 39;[HES] left little room for any problems they encountered or a large increase in waste levels.
They were already struggling with this waste stream around several other sites and when I found out they did not have an incinerator that I knew would be a rough ride. & # 39;
He unveiled the waste pile on the HES site in Normanton, West Yorkshire, was there in 2015 and & # 39; has since stayed there & # 39 ;.
The whistleblower added: & # 39;[HES] refused to buy latex gloves for the staff, referring to the costs. Still, they expected the staff to treat untreated clinical waste.
& # 39; They deposited the trash cans every day in everything they could find, to get the trays back. But these types of waste should not be mixed.
& # 39; They refused to buy needle-resistant gloves and trousers for factory workers and drivers, and this made sure that the personnel were at great risk of injuries to the needles. & # 39;