NHS Tayside still owes more than £22,000 to a clinical waste firm caught up in a “body parts” scandal, it has emerged.
The health board paid £244,000 to Healthcare Environmental Services in the months before the firm was accused of stockpiling hospital waste.
The scandal led to NHS boards north and south of the border cancelling contracts. HES, which had staff in Dundee, then laid off its workforce of 400 just after Christmas and ceased trading.
Responding to a freedom of information request, NHS Tayside said it still owed £22,667.39 to the company.
However, the health board claims day-to-day procedures have not been affected by HES’s fate.
A spokesman said: “To enable the continued safe disposal of clinical waste, a number of hauliers and disposal sites have been contracted to collect and dispose of all clinical waste produced by NHS Tayside.”