More spent on ambulances because of obesity

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John Knighton, medical director of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

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MORE than £1m has been spent by the county’s ambulance service to upgrade vehicles and equipment due to a rise in obesity.

South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) has been revamping nearly two thirds of its 180-strong fleet in the past three years.

Money has been spent on a range of equipment, which could include wider stretchers, more lifting gear and reinforcing existing vehicles.

A spokesman for SCAS, said: ‘SCAS’s new vehicle fleet is built to national UK specifications.

‘Consideration was given when designing the vehicle to it being able to adequately cater for the majority of our patients both now and into the future.’