Clinical waste firm Healthcare Environmental Services goes into liquidation

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HSE employees could now be eligible for additional money

Clinical waste firm Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) has gone into liquidation.

Accountants BDO were appointed to the Lanarkshire-based company last week following the loss of multi-million-pound contracts with NHS Scotland and 17 trusts in England.

HSE was accused on stockpiling clinical waste in October 2018.

Excess waste levels reached 350 tonnes in September 2018, five times more than the waste company’s 70 tonne limit.

This sparked an emergency meeting of the government’s COBRA committee which ordered £1m to be earmarked to help the 50 NHS Trusts with HES contracts.

HES said a reduction in high-temperature incineration capacity contributed to the stockpile, which the Environment Agency denied.

Around 150 jobs were lost at its Shotts HQ in December 2018 and now staff are pursuing legal action to recover wages.

Lawyers said the workers could be owned more than £1m.

The government’s Insolvency Service has released guidance for those made redundant who may be eligible for additional money.

A statement said: “If you were made redundant on 27 December 2018 and previously received redundancy pay, you might be eligible to receive additional money you are owed, including holiday pay, statutory notice pay, salary, wages, or overtime.

“Those who were previously not entitled to redundancy pay, may now have a claim for additional money owed.”

Creditors will need to contact the liquidators if they have not been paid for goods supplied to HSE or if they have paid HSE for goods or services which have not been received.

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