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Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals

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Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals

The remains of more than 15,000 babies were incinerated as 'clinical waste' by hospitals in Britain with some used in 'waste to energy' plants

More than 15,000 aborted or miscarried babies were burned as 'clinical waste' an investigation has discovered
More than 15,000 aborted or miscarried babies were burned as 'clinical waste' an investigation has discovered Photo: Alamy

The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found.

Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat.

Last night the Department of Health issued an instant ban on the practice which health minister Dr Dan Poulter branded ‘totally unacceptable.’

At least 15,500 foetal remains were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts over the last two years alone, Channel 4’s Dispatches discovered.

The programme, which will air tonight, found that parents who lose children in early pregnancy were often treated without compassion and were not consulted about what they wanted to happen to the remains.

One of the country’s leading hospitals, Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge, incinerated 797 babies below 13 weeks gestation at their own ‘waste to energy’ plant. The mothers were told the remains had been ‘cremated.’

Another ‘waste to energy’ facility at Ipswich Hospital, operated by a private contractor, incinerated 1,101 foetal remains between 2011 and 2013.

They were brought in from another hospital before being burned, generating energy for the hospital site. Ipswich Hospital itself disposes of remains by cremation.

“This practice is totally unacceptable,” said Dr 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.”

Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director, has written to all NHS trusts to tell them the practice must stop.

The Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, has also written to the Human Tissue Authority to ask them make sure that guidance is clear.

And the Care Quality Commission said it would investigate the programme's findings.

Prof Sir Mike Richards, Chief Inspector of Hospitals, said: “I am disappointed trusts may not be informing or consulting women and their families.

“This breaches our standard on respecting and involving people who use services and I’m keen for Dispatches to share their evidence with us.

“We scrutinise information of concern and can inspect unannounced, if required.”

A total of one in seven pregnancies ends in a miscarriage, while NHS figures show there are around 4,000 stillbirths each year in the UK, or 11 each day.

Ipswich Hospital Trust said it was concerned to discover that foetal remains from another hospital had been incinerated on its site.

A spokeswoman said: “The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust does not incinerate foetal remains.”

She added that the trust “takes great care over foetal remains”

A spokesman for the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said that trained health professionals discuss the options with parents ‘both verbally and in writing.’

"The parents are given exactly the same choice on the disposal of foetal remains as for a stillborn child and their personal wishes are respected,” they added.

Channel 4 Dispatches, Amanda Holden: Exposing Hospital Heartache, airs tonight (Monday March 24) at 8pm

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shuturpiehole
by Member on Mar. 24, 2014 at 12:17 PM
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So abortion is okay.... but disposing of that "parasitic clump of cells" is not?
Schauseil
by Bronze Member on Mar. 24, 2014 at 12:45 PM
... This is stupid. I honestly don't see why this matters, however, I would support this being done with all deceased people and non-people.
Donna6503
by Silver Member on Mar. 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM
I was just reading about this story; I'm not sure this story will carry much play in UK.

Still, it may carry because there has been a growing number of Catholics in the UK in the past couple of decades.
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mcdun
by Humboldt California on Mar. 24, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Where's the link? Do you have a link to the source? 

YOU GOT THIS FROM THE TELEGRAPH!!! DID YOU STOP AND GO, MMMM THIS MIGHT NOT BE THE WHOLE TRUTH BECAUSE IT IS FROM A TABLOID? 


“If you live for having it all, what you have is never enough.” 

mcdun
by Humboldt California on Mar. 24, 2014 at 1:58 PM

This story will carry no play from the UK because it's not fully true and she got it from the telegraph which is a tabloid magazine. 

The truth is they did burn them along with other medical waste this is normal pracedure there. No one there is out raged what else are they going to do with it? We do it here to the only diffrence is we don't have a waste to energy program like they do. 

Quoting Donna6503: I was just reading about this story; I'm not sure this story will carry much play in UK. Still, it may carry because there has been a growing number of Catholics in the UK in the past couple of decades.


“If you live for having it all, what you have is never enough.” 

Donna6503
by Silver Member on Mar. 24, 2014 at 2:10 PM
I was reading this story from UPI; it said that this story is going to be on Channel 4 (UK) tonight.

Hopefully, you're correct.
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Ednarooni160
by Eds on Mar. 24, 2014 at 2:25 PM


Quoting mcdun:

Where's the link? Do you have a link to the source? 

YOU GOT THIS FROM THE TELEGRAPH!!! DID YOU STOP AND GO, MMMM THIS MIGHT NOT BE THE WHOLE TRUTH BECAUSE IT IS FROM A TABLOID? 

Call it what you will I always get my news usually from the Blaze, Drudge report, or Fox news..where that leads to or from is up to those news sources.

So here's your link.

http://www.drudgereport.com/

mcdun
by Humboldt California on Mar. 24, 2014 at 3:02 PM
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So you blindly just go with whatever you see on the blaze and drudge(blogging news sites) without checking the source? Not wise. 

Quoting Ednarooni160:


Quoting mcdun:

Where's the link? Do you have a link to the source? 

YOU GOT THIS FROM THE TELEGRAPH!!! DID YOU STOP AND GO, MMMM THIS MIGHT NOT BE THE WHOLE TRUTH BECAUSE IT IS FROM A TABLOID? 

Call it what you will I always get my news usually from the Blaze, Drudge report, or Fox news..where that leads to or from is up to those news sources.

So here's your link.

http://www.drudgereport.com/


“If you live for having it all, what you have is never enough.” 

rocketracer
by Gold Member on Mar. 24, 2014 at 3:49 PM
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Where's Charlton Heston...."It's people! Soylent Green is people!"
Debrowsky
by Silver Member on Mar. 24, 2014 at 4:20 PM


Quoting rocketracer: Where's Charlton Heston...."It's people! Soylent Green is people!"

Hey now, you can't undo the new and twisted speech of the libs/lefties/progressives!!!   We still know they are babies- but they don't want to admit that. 

I remember that show, pretty good.

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