Pub­lic urged to re­turn crutches

i Newspaper - - NEWS - By Sally Wardle

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

Walk­ing aids should be re­turned to hos­pi­tals and reused in­stead of end­ing up in land­fill, Health Min­is­ter Steve Bar­clay said.

NHS staff are be­ing urged to ac­cept un­wanted equip­ment and re­home or re­cy­cle it where pos­si­ble.

“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.

“In too many in­stances, how­ever, med­i­cal equip­ment is be­ing used once and then thrown away.”

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