Plea to re­turn old crutches to hos­pi­tals

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY SALLY WARDLE

A CRUTCH amnesty has been de­clared as part of plans to re­duce the car­bon foot­print of the NHS.

Walk­ing aids lit­ter­ing liv­ing rooms across the coun­try should be re­turned to hos­pi­tals in­stead of end­ing up in land­fill, Health Min­is­ter Steve Bar­clay said.

“There are some great ex­am­ples of hos­pi­tals al­ready reusing vi­tal med­i­cal equip­ment — such as wheel­chairs and walk­ing aids — and we want to see more of this across the coun­try,” Mr Bar­clay said.

“Pa­tients should be able to re­turn the count­less pairs of per­fectly good crutches sit­ting un­used in the cor­ner of liv­ing rooms across the coun­try and know they will be put to good use help­ing oth­ers, ei­ther in the NHS or else­where through char­ity do­na­tions.”

It is hoped an in­crease in the re­use of hospi­tal equip­ment will also save the NHS tens of thou­sands of pounds.

The call for a crutch amnesty comes ahead of the first Green GB week.

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