Welwyn Garden City based woman 'exasperated' by needle disposal process
PUBLISHED: 11:11 30 October 2016
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Welwyn Hatfield Council has come under fire after urging people to dispose of needles safely, but then requiring a GP referral.
Lorraine Wragg was left fuming after reading Welwyn Hatfield Council’s message in the WHT calling for people not to throw out needles in their general rubbish, but instead use the council’s clinical waste collection.
Mrs Wragg’s mum Iris Wright died at the age of 85 in February after suffering with bowel cancer and during her illness, needles were taken away by a district nurse.
However, following her death, retired Mrs Wragg has struggled to find someone to take away the left over used sharps.
The 59-year-old, who moved from Sheffield to live with her mother in WGC’s Knightsfield, said: “The article infuriated me.
“I have phoned the council and they have told me I need to go back to my mum’s GP and I need a letter on headed paper that will refer me to the council.
“It’s no wonder people are putting them where they shouldn’t be.
“I expected them to come and pick them up, no questions asked.
“It’s exasperating. All I want is for someone to come and pick them up.”
A council spokesman said: “The clinical waste collection in Welwyn Hatfield is funded by NHS England through the Hertfordshire and South Midlands Local Area Team.
“It is necessary to receive GP confirmation of the type of clinical waste collection required before we get their authorisation.
“This process, which has been in place for over 25 years, ensures clinical waste is collected in the correct way and follows appropriate legislation.”