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Calls to end practice of health centres refusing to recycle mobility aids

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A Liberal Democrat has called for hospitals and GP surgeries to stop refusing to accept items like walking aids and wheelchairs returned by patients who no longer need them.

Councillor for Darwen East, Roy Davies, is to meet with local healthcare bosses to discuss how equipment recycling in the area can be improved.

He told Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group that local residents were unhappy about recyclable equipment not being redistributed into the community, according to a local newspaper.

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Now Mr Davies has been invited to meet with the CCG’s senior management and East Lancashire NHS Trust to discuss recycling.

According to The Lancashire Telegraph, the CCG told Mr Davies: “The issue of recycling equipment has been an area we have been actively trying to improve.

“Unfortunately, for the majority of smaller items of equipment, the costs of recovering, checking, repairing and sterilising equipment makes it uneconomical to achieve this.

“Simply donating used equipment to other people would introduce an element of risk.”

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