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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19237: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 4 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is aware of any issues with the disposal of dangerous hospital waste from NHS boards in Scotland, in light of reports that Healthcare Environment Services Ltd has been stockpiling waste from a number of hospitals in England.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 31 October 2018

Clinical waste collection continues as normal for NHS Scotland and we are not aware of any issues regarding the disposal of this waste in Scotland.

The Scottish Government is monitoring the situation and receiving regular updates from Health Boards.

In the event of disruption to clinical waste management services at NHS sites across Scotland, all NHS Scotland Boards have contingency plans ready to put into place. The plans ensure that there is sufficient storage capacity for clinical waste to be stored safely on site for a period of 72 hours.