Plea to return old crutches to hospitals
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.