Doctors call for bike loans

All NHS employees should have access to tax-exempt bicycle loans, four hospital doctors have argued in a letter to the BMJ this week. By Lauren Trisk

Photograph: istockphoto
Photograph: istockphoto

Dr Christopher Jack, of the Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington, Kent, and colleagues bemoaned the fact that only one in six NHS trusts have joined the government’s cycle-to-work scheme.

‘Cycling is one of the few physical activities that can be undertaken by most of the population as part of a daily routine,’ the authors said.

The scheme allows employees to apply for a tax-exempt loan to purchase a bicycle and associated accessories in order to cycle to work.

Yet only 67 of 418 trusts have signed up to the scheme, the authors said.

‘We advocate mass participation of NHS trusts to ensure the opportunity for health promotion in 1.2 million employees,’ they said.

gpletters@haymarket.com

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