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article imageMortuary van heads for garage repairs — complete with corpse

By Robert Myles     Apr 18, 2013 in Odd News
Aberdeen - A Scottish health authority have said they are investigating what they term a “serious incident” when one of their vehicle fleet was taken to a local garage for vehicle repairs. The NHS Grampian health authority van contained a dead body.
The incident happened in Aberdeen yesterday when a porter employed by NHS Grampian took one of his employer’s vans to a local garage for to undergo minor repairs, reports the Daily Record. The employee was unaware the vehicle contained an unusual cargo.
BBC News reports a spokesman for NHS Grampian as saying, “This is a very serious incident and we are dealing with it as a matter of urgency. We have been in touch with the family of the deceased person and have apologised unreservedly."
The health authority spokesman continued, "We have very strict processes in place to ensure that we deal sensitively and respectfully with deceased patients. Clearly these did not work on this occasion.
"We have taken immediate action to commission an independent investigation to understand what has gone wrong. Pending this investigation a member of staff has been suspended.
"We are deeply sorry for this regrettable incident and we are absolutely committed to taking whatever action is required to ensure that this situation can never happen again."
Local newspaper, the Aberdeen Evening Express reports that workers at the garage who were to carry out the vehicle repairs were left stunned when they found a corpse inside the van when attempting to fix a tail-light.
According to The Herald, NHS Grampian has issued an apology to both the family of the deceased and the garage.
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