Firm in hospital waste scandal could win new Scottish contract

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The disposal firm is subject to a criminal investigation for allowing hundreds of tonnes of waste from NHS hospitals to pile up at its sitesGetty Images

The company embroiled in a scandal over a body parts “pile up” could be in line to win another lucrative contract with the Scottish NHS.

Healthcare Environmental Services, based in Lanarkshire, allowed clinical waste to build up at several sites in England in breach of its permits. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued enforcement notices for sites in Dundee and Shotts.

Officials are considering bids for a ten-year contract, worth an estimated £140 million, for healthcare waste disposal across Scotland. Both the company and NHS National Services Scotland refused to confirm whether it had bid but as the incumbent it would be expected to be a frontrunner.

The disposal firm is subject to a criminal investigation for allowing hundreds of tonnes of waste from…

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