UK Hospitals Accused Of Incinerating Aborted Fetuses Alongside Trash

Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 09:10 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Aborted babies are being incinerated and used to heat hospitals in the United Kingdom. The news caused authorities to issue an instant ban on the "totally unacceptable" practice.

At least 15,500 aborted or miscarried babies were classified as clinical waste and subsequently incinerated, with some being used to heat English hospitals, Britain's Channel 4 revealed in its "Dispatches" series documentary that will air Monday night.

According to the report, as many as 10 employees at England's National Health Service admitted to having burned the fetal remains that had been mixed with rubbish, with two others employees saying that the aborted or miscarried bodies were used in the country's "waste-to-energy" plants to generate power for heat, Britain's Telegraph newspaper reported.

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The report also found that parents who lost children early on in their pregnancy were not consulted by hospital staff as to what would happen to the unborn baby's remains, and received consultation that frequently lacked compassion.

In response to the revelation, England's Department of Health issued an instant ban on the practice, with UK Health Minister Dr. Dan Poulter calling the practice "totally unacceptable," the Telegraph noted.

"That is why I have asked Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS medical director, to write to all NHS hospital trusts, to make it clear that it must stop now," Poulter said, the BBC noted.

"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," Poulter added with regards to the treatment of parents.

English actress and former Britain’s Got Talent star Amanda Holden, who took part in the documentary, was taken aback by what the investigation unearthed, the Daily Mail noted.

"I was shocked at some of the discoveries I made during filming," Holden said in a preview clip. "The mothers I spoke to said that despite the best intentions of individual nurses and doctors, they sometimes felt that hospitals weren’t as compassionate as they should be towards them."

Between 2011 and 2013, the "waste to energy" facility at Ipswich Hospital, reportedly incinerated 1,101 fetuses, while Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge, one of the nation's leading hospitals, incinerated 797 babies below 13 weeks gestation at their own "waste to energy" plant, the Telegraph noted. According to the newspaper, the mothers had been told their aborted or miscarried babies were going to be "cremated."

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