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S5W-21832: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 26 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how it will work with Tradebe Healthcare to ensure the effective delivery of clinical waste management services.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 11 March 2019

The new framework agreement commenced on 1 February 2019, and will provide services related to the collection, treatment and disposal of healthcare waste.

As part of the contract there is an implementation period of 26 weeks which is standard and advised for contracts of this type and size. This period between contract signing and commencement of services allows the contractor to make the investment needed and as part of the tender specification was needed to encourage viable bids.

The implementation period will commence immediately and will cover areas including:

  • Site arrangements – lease agreements; SEPA operating permits; testing and commissioning; office fit-out, etc
  • Equipment – bins / storage containers, transport, IT and office equipment, etc
  • Staff – appoint key roles (project / site managers); recruitment and training of new staff; etc
  • Contracts with NHS Boards – individual Call Of Contracts

National Services Scotland continues to work closely with NHS Boards, contractors, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Scottish Government to ensure effective delivery of clinical waste management services throughout this implementation period.