Commenting on the discovery that the contractor Healthcare Environmental has been stockpiling tonnes of human body parts and clinical waste and has failed to dispose of them properly, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:
“This is simply horrific. It’s unlikely that such a distressing situation would have happened had the service remained in-house.
“Ethics and decent behaviour aside, it begs the question as to why services that are such a crucial part of the NHS are ever outsourced in the first place.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.