Evening Telegraph

£157k spent on equipment for obese folk in local area and could ‘bankrupt’ NHS

NHS Tayside has spent more than £150,000 on equipment to help treat obese patients over the past five years.

Figures released by the health board in response to a freedom of information request revealed the expenditure on special beds and hoists for overweight patients.

Since 2013-14, the cash-strapped health board has spent £157,100 on specialist bariatric equipment.

It has also created bariatric spaces in its mortuary, plus space for an additional two beds.

Earlier this year, consultant endocrinologist and diabetes expert Dr Chris Schofield said obesity was one of the biggest challenges facing the NHS.

The Ninewell Hospital-based expert said the problem had the potential to “bankrupt” the NHS and more work must be done to educate people about diet and exercise.

An NHS Tayside spokeswoman said: “NHS Tayside is committed to providing high quality clinical care and treatment whilst promoting high standards of privacy and dignity throughout a patient’s or service user’s care pathway.

“Across NHS Tayside there is a range of specialist bariatric equipment, including specialist beds, hoists and wheelchairs which can be used to assist in the care of patients as and when required.”