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Hume: Ministers must act to prevent a repeat of ashes scandal

April 13, 2013 11:51 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman Jim Hume MSP today warnedJim HumeJim Hume Scottish Government Ministers that they must ensure that safeguards are in place to prevent a repeat of the baby ashes scandal.

Mr Hume was commenting after reports that Glasgow Council is set to write to Ministers asking for a nationwide inquiry into policies and practices at crematoria in Scotland.

Police have received 30 complaints relating to cases where it is claimed that the ashes of deceased babies were disposed of without the knowledge of parents.

Commenting, Mr Hume said:

'The death of a child is a tragedy for any family. The fact that many bereaved parents were told wrongly that there would not be ashes following a cremation is deeply regrettable. As a parent myself I cannot imagine the anguish that this would cause.

'This is a time when families are dealing with profound grief. It is important that the needs and wishes of bereaved parents are put first. Ministers need to ensure that adequate safeguards are in place to prevent this happening again in future. Parents deserve no less.

'A nationwide inquiry would give answers and clarity and Ministers need to act.'