An NHS contractor has been forced to stockpile hundreds of tonnes of human body parts and waste, sparking a major national incident.
Amputated limbs and waste material from cancer treatments sent to Healthcare Environment Services Ltd (HES) have built up to unsustainable levels due to a lack of incineration capacity, according to leaked documents seen by the Health Services Journal.
Around 50 NHS trusts are served by HES and an emergency COBRA meeting last month earmarked £1 million to provide specialist trailers to store the waste.
HES is attempting to send 750 tonnes of waste to be disposed of in Holland.
At one site in Normanton, West Yorkshire, excess waste levels reached 350 tonnes in September, the HSJ reported.