Ten National Health Service (NHS) trusts have admitted incinerating fetal remains with garbage used in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants to create power for heat in hospitals.
At least 15,500 fetal remains were incinerated by 27 National Health Service trusts over the last two years alone, according to the Washington Times.
Trusts admitted to burning fetal remains alongside garbage.
One of the plants Ipswich Hospital, said to be responsible for burning 1,101 remains between 2011 and 2013, was operating privately using another hospital’s remains and without Ipswich’s knowledge.
In other locations Addenbrooke Hospital in Cambridge cooked 797 babies that were only 13 weeks or under reported by one of these plants.
“This practice is totally unacceptable,” said Health Minister Dr. Dan Poulter. “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.”