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NHS Calls the Fire Department to move Obese patients - UK

Posted Mar 14 2009 3:53pm

The fire fighters are not happy as they say it is an abuse of the services they do, and should be taking care of fires and other life and death situations, and not having to be at the call of the NHS for the multitude of calls. 

Fire crews in England have received at least 1,780 calls to help move obese patients in the last five years, 75% of them from the NHS, figures show.

"Obesity is a serious issue requiring serious analysis and policy. The big challenge is tackling the root causes and consequences of obesity such as heart disease and diabetes. Politicians, the NHS and industry need to work together to address it."

BBC NEWS | Health | Fire crews moving obese patients

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