Statement on Mortonhall Crematorium

The following is a statement following media reports today about historic practices at Mortonhall Crematorium.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Environment convener, said: "I want to offer my deepest apologies to all those families who have been affected by this dreadful and completely unacceptable situation.

"As soon as I became aware of this heartbreaking matter I met with Sands to express my sincere regret and reassure them I will do everything in my power to find out how this happened.

"It is reassuring that this practice no longer occurs, although nothing can ever fully make up for the hurt families may have suffered as a result of this unacceptable situation.

"We now need to establish exactly what has gone on previously and how it was allowed to happen. We are already discussing with Sands some form of memorial as a mark of respect."

Since May 2011 Mortonhall Crematorium has offered families the ashes of their babies. The previous practice of not offering ashes and burying them in the Garden of Remembrance has only just come to light following discussions with Sands.

All the ashes will have been placed in the Garden of Remembrance.

The Council would urge anyone who has any concerns or worries to contact our dedicated phone line on 0131 200 2383. Alternatively, fill in our contact form and we will get in touch with you.

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