Sarah Wollaston Chair, Health and Social Care Committee, Chair, Liaison Committee (Commons)
I thank the Minister for the prompt action that he has taken since being notified of this situation. Will he reassure people in the community and in community settings that this issue will not affect their safety?
Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
The Chair of the Health Committee raises an important point regarding residents in the areas where the sites are located, and I see Yvette Cooper in her place. The Environment Agency has confirmed that the waste is being stored safely; it is the amount of waste that is the issue. Many of our constituents are waiting for operations on these sites and will want reassurance that those operations can continue in a timely fashion. That has been a key focus of the Department, and I pay tribute to the work of officials in the NHS, the Department of Health, DEFRA and the Environment Agency, who have ensured that that strategic objective has been maintained.
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