Dr. Dan Poulter, parliamentary undersecretary of state for health of the UK, issued a statement that the burning of human fetuses had been prohibited following revelations by a team of investigative reporters from Channel 4. Journalists from the Dispatches program were able to learn how fetal remains had been disposed in recent years.
The investigators found that the remains of thousands of fetuses, and other medical waste, had been incinerated in on-site 'waste-to-energy' plants to produce power to heat the hospitals where abortions had taken place.
In a March 24 statement, Poulter announced 'This practice is totally unacceptable." Poulter formerly worked in the field of obstetrics and gynecology before becoming a politician. "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."
Chief Medical Officer of England, Dame Sally Davies,has written to the Human Tissue Authority, the regulatory body, in an effort to ensure "that there is clear guidance on this issue," according to Poulter.