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Obese patients moved by fire service

13th March 2009

Figures released to the Conservative Party under freedom of information legislation show that the fire service in England was called out 1,784 times in the last five years to help move obese patients.

The data, from 37 out of 44 fire authorities, revealed that Essex had the most calls with 390 cases. Most fire services said they did not charge for such call outs, but some said they imposed "discretionary" charges.

Essex fire chief David Johnson said his brigade had a duty to help people who were often in severe distress.


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