‘Boiler house’ at Ipswitch Hospital (John Goldsmith)
British hospitals burned dead babies to heat buildings.
International Business Times reported:
NHS hospitals burned the bodies of dead babies to heat buildings, a documentary into stillbirth and miscarriages has revealed.
Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden took part in a Channel 4 Dispatches investigation to the treatment of parents who lose children during pregnancy.
Filmmakers working on Amanda Holden: Exposing Hospital Heartache discovered that the bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried foetuses were burned as clinical waste in hospitals across the UK, with some being used to heat NHS buildings.
According to the Telegraph, 10 NHS trusts admitted to burning foetuses with other waste products. Two trusts said the remains were used in “waste-to-energy plants” that generate power from burning rubbish.
The documentary shows how over the remains of over 15,000 babies were incinerated in the last two years.
The Department of Health issued an instant ban on the practice, with health minister Dan Poulter saying the practice was “totally unacceptable”.