Tuesday, May 30

Super size me

MELBOURNE: New ambulances for fat patients will be built under a $3 million funding package to be unveiled in the Victorian state Budget. The reinforced ambulances will be able to transport patients weighing up to 350 kg.
The ambulances will include specialist equipment, such as heavy-duty wheelchairs, stretchers and lifters. Five new ambulances will be built as a direct reaction to Australia’s obesity epidemic. Treasurer John Brumby will announce the funding when he delivers the Bracks Government’s sixth Budget.
The obesity epidemic is reportedly taking its toll on paramedics, who face occupational health and safety risks in lifting heavy patients. The $3 million ambulance funding aims to protect paramedics as well as ensuring ambulances can cater for obese patients.


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