More than 15000 fetuses have been incinerated in UK and an investigation has revealed that clinical waste is being burned to heat hospitals. Burning clinical waste is being carried out by 27 NHS trusts and they have burned 15,500 bodies in the past 2 years.
The trusts have revealed that they have incarnated more than 1000 sets of human remains in a furnace which generates energy and it is used to power the hospital.
The shocking practice was revealed following an investigation by the Channel 4 program Dispatches and the Department of Health has placed an immediate ban on the practice. Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter, has described the practice as unacceptable.
It was revealed in the dispatches that Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge, one of the leading hospitals in UK had incinerated 797 babies below 13 weeks gestation in the waste to energy plant while telling mothers that the remains will be cremated.
NHS figures reveal that there are 4,000 still births every year in UK and this comes out to 11 still births daily.
Dr Poulter said: “I have asked Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director, to write to all NHS hospital trusts. While the vast majority of hospitals are acting in the appropriate way, that must be the case for all hospitals and the Human Tissue Authority has now been asked to ensure that it acts on this issue without delay.”
In a statement the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said that patients and families are given choices of disposal of the remains in a sensitive and respectful manner. Meanwhile the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust has stated that it does not incarnate its fetal remains and is surprised that its facilities are being used to incarnate remains from another hospital