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….
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… 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 [pictured top right; click to enlarge], 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 [pictured lower right], 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.
~ Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph, March 24
[Photos of Addenbrooke's and Ipswitch via medicalfutility.blogspot.com and eadt.co.uk]