Tories accuse Labour of complacency over obesity

NHS trusts have spent £44.8 million on specialist equipment for obese people in recent years, according to figures compiled by the Conservatives.

Photograph: iStockphoto/Christopher Pattberg
Photograph: iStockphoto/Christopher Pattberg

They show that £21.4 million was spent on reinforced beds, £11 million on specialist operating tables, £7.4 million on specialist ambulances and £2.2 million on reinforced trolleys.

Conservative shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said: ‘Labour has shown such complacency when it comes to tackling Britain’s ticking obesity timebomb.

‘Labour’s record has been one of obesity targets missed and scrapped, budgets for information campaigns being raided, and dithering over food labelling. It has missed the opportunities it has had to make a real difference.

‘Unless it gets a grip of the situation quickly the cost to our already overburdened NHS will spiral out of control.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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