Obesity

Health written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how much the NHS has spent on purchasing ambulance stretchers for obese patients in each of the last five years;

(2) how much the NHS has spent on purchasing specialist equipment in hospital wards for obese patients in each year since 1997;

(3) how much the NHS has spent on (a) making adjustments to ambulance vehicles and (b) buying new ambulances for obese patients in each year since 1997.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department does not hold information on national health service spend relating to equipment for patients who are suffering from obesity centrally.

The East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub has been awarded a contract to provide procurement services for the ambulance service.

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